Kelli Thompson

In my paintings realistic subjects are re-imagined as artifice. I use highly synthetic colors and an overtly descriptive painting style to create an unnatural interpretation of flesh and objects. I’m interested in what is beautiful, what is natural, and the point at which the viewer may become uncomfortable when subjects are depicted in a highly artificial way.
In my most recent body of work I have utilized hands and arms to incorporate the body while also pointing to the absence of body inside imagined worlds. Hyperbolic color planes and tactile, quotidian objects are used as props to enhance the color interaction and hint at the mundane within an overblown and histrionic constructed composition.