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About Kevina

Howard County

A current resident of Howard County who has travelled a long way. I am a wife, a parent, a teacher, a daughter, an immigrant and since a very young age have considered myself an artist. However, throughout my life, being an artist has  played second fiddle to the other roles. At least until now as I fully embrace this artistic role. While I have always considered myself an artist it is difficult to maintain a consistent studio pactice when the life's other roles demand so much time and attention... more

Bog Bodies in Bronze

My curiousity about bog bodies is based in trying to understand how these people although long gone from this earth are still here with us 'in the flesh'.
I began my study by observing and sketching the bodies in museums, Tollund Man, Graubelle man in Denmark and Germany, Cloney Cavan Man, and the others in Dublin Museum.
I then decided that I needed to create three dimensional creations and began to explore how I could do that authentically. I choose to cast them in bronze because of it permanance. Moreover, this process parallels the life cycle of the bog body. I equate the wax model to the human body pass through the process. This wax when finished is becomes buried in several layers of sand and scilica  as it it dipped and dried and repeated. This builds up a heaving coating over time and the wax body is completely encased in this coating similar to how the body in the bog is buried under several layers of turf.
When it come time to be reintroduced to the world the body is still there, it has changed and yet it is the same person. The wax model gets put in a burn out chamber and the wax is removed and then bronze poured into the casing. When cool the casing is then broken away to reveal the bronze bog body. In a similar way the actual bog body is buried in the bog (I equate this with the burn out chamber) but people dont know where they are until they are suddenly discovered and then all the archeologist come aboard and spend their time researching and cleaning the body.
The cleaning and presenting the bronze sculpture can be compared to this process.
NOTE:
I plan to make some visuals with left over casings from the bronze cast process and in some of my current pieces I have surrounded them with turf from the bogs of Ireland.

Cone Heads

In an attempt to connect location I began to collect pine cones to use in my art. Everywhere I go I try to collect a pine cone, Elkridge, Columbia, Ireland and so on. These I cover with wax and combine with other materials to make unique faces, mostly based on skulls.

During my college years in Ireland I had the opportunity to spend a summer in Paris and one of the highlights of that trip was visiting the Catacombs there. I have always been interested in bones and skulls and I was completely facinated by being able to walk through these caverns full of arranged skulls and bones. When I returned to college that fall I began a  very large sculpture based on this experience. It consisted of a layering of cut up branches and chestnuts but it became too much and I never finished it. I remember my professor suggesting that I do a little each day in order to accomplish this task. I regret not finishing it, so this is attempt number two, this time using pine cones and wax.

Following my professor's  advice from long ago, I set about creating one pinecone head a day or thirty a month. I did for several month and experiments with stacking them.
Some  arrangments I cast in are bronze  and some arranged by stacking and/or hanging with hand knitted ropes.

These are works in progress building towards an installation where one can walk through a tunnel in order to revisit my experience in Paris.

I returned to see this place with my family a few years ago and it is still haunts me.

Celtic Influences

 The Book of Kells, a manuscript full of wonderful celtic designs and  creatures has always been one of my artistic influeces. This along with celtic stone carvings found in churches and monuments throughout Ireland  is the primary inspiration for this  collection of work. The work included relief carvings, mixed media  paintings, and scultures. The creatures and stories from my childhood have presented themselves many times throughout my artistic career.

Skulls on product labels.

Not sure why this is a thing but I enjoy creating the textures. I want to find some way to connect my present with my past. Creating a decaying image  with contemporary materials

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Brendan Grace, an Irish comedian tells a joke about the skull of St. Patrick. This got me to thinking that I could do different skulls based on Irish product labels. This is where I began using gesso to created very texture surfaces to paint in. Also, I believe this is where I really began to embrace using mixed media.
Process - I remove labels from Irish products covered and cover them with layers of gel medium on front to fix image, then I removed the paper/cardboard backing prior to attaching the image to a wooden panel. Once the panel is dry I create the skull leaving sections the label visible. This really became my first foray into mixed media works and I embraced working with heavily textures paint, which has become a feature of my painting style.

Irish Musicians

One of the ways I have been able to maintain contact with my culture is through the many Irish music and dance events in the Baltimore Washington area and there is not shortage of them.
When I go listen to the session in the pubs I will invariable bring out my skecthbook and sketch along to the music. I use various drawing implements but I enjoy using ballpoint pen as it flows nicely to the music. I change colors according to tune and/or dance moves.
At the ceilis, Irish social dances, I take photographs and movies and use those to recreated the experience in paint.
Currently, I am wcrking on a series of sculptures of musicans and sean-nos dancers. These I am creating from found wood fragments and other found objects  picked on my walks around my neighborhood. This again is my attempt to connect my past with my present. Using these  natural materials work well for the energetic music and dance tunes and body contortions visible as the performing artists express themselves, and enjoy the craic.

Found Object paintings

Mixed media pieces based on item I have found in my enviroment. Mostly natural but some manufactured items too.
These artworks are influenced by objects/people who have completed their useful lives. This could be a body found in the bog in Ireland having been buried there for several years or merely a pine cone that has just dropped from a tree. It is about place, accident, and my finding it, to elevate it to a status of importance, that is, if my art ever assumes a place of importance. Maybe my desire to be a significiant artist in society or to have my voice heard is the issue here. Or anyone's voice. Why are we here? Is that it?
Is it fame? Or do I just want to be remembered?

  • Perpetual Balance

    Uses found objects from around Howard Co.
    While a skull is a reminder of our mortality it is also a symbol of transformation and change. The bird skulls, in different states of decay, symbolize the need to maintain our relationship with nature and keep it in balance. While I embrace all things ancient in my artwork I try to find ways to balance this with contemporary life. To this end I usematerials from my everyday travels as inspirations in creating.
  • EC Jewel.JPG

    Created with gesso, acrylic paint and found rocks.

Figure drawing and sculpture

This section consists of figure drawings, paintings and wax sculptures created during figure drawing sessions at various locations (Ho Co Center for the Arts, MICA, Painting School in Baltimore. Figure drawing gives me time to just relax and draw/sculpt, practice my craft without being too concerned with creating finished pieces.
Sometimes these works do go on to be included in finished pieces and sometimes they can become a stand alone pieces. This is particularly true of the wax figures.

Works in Progress

Other paintings, drawing and sculptures that have yet to find a home body. One of a kind
AD Warrior
Coronovirus Creations

Community Arts

Include images of plein air, mural and working on mural for Slayton House. Still in the works.

Final Project - Glorifying the forgotten.

Identification and location of found objects, be in trees, leaves, pine cones, trash.
Glorifying the forgotten

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