Isabel Catherine Kelley is involved in a wide range of projects; from stone carving to screen- printing. The use of multiple practices has served the archetypal themes of her work, which she considers to be a continuum of dissatisfied wills. She grew up in New Hampshire and is now currently based in Portland, Maine. Isabel received her BFA in Sculpture and Minor in Art History from Maine College of Art in 2013. During that time she became involved with the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium as an artist assistant and developed a large admiration for granite carving and the sharing of cultures that an international symposium harbors. Isabel has since been working towards becoming an international symposium sculptor. Her work is currently on display publicly at Viles Arboretum’s sculpture trail in Augusta, Maine. More of her work can be seen at ICKsculpture.com.
She is exploring what is outside of normal sensory channels through the induction of mental and physical states from one being to another, to time, place, and matter. In her sculptural work she arranges figures as if they are on their own stage; caught in their memory, in their wills for the present, and their desires for the future. Rarely do these bodies physically touch. They interact through their stature, placement, and significance perceived by this expression. Isabel wishes to expand on the driving universal spirit in her interpretations of themes of the continuity of regeneration and degeneration, the inner life, and the use of a physical body as a vehicle for universal existence.