Kellie O'Dempsey

Kellie O’Dempsey is an artist, curator and scholar. As an artist, she has produced drawing and digital based artworks, performances and installations for over fifteen years in diverse locations – regional Australia, regional Italy, France, New York and London. Revealing the process of making, Kellie works in collaboration with performers, dancers and musicians building site-generated works as shared experience. 

In the past decade she has undertaken a number of artists' residencies and associated programs - Draw to Perform, Symposium, London, DRAWinternational, France; International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York; Free-range residency, Metro Arts Brisbane; Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW; Hawkesbury Regional Galley, NSW. She has received funding from the Australia Council, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and Regional Arts NSW. As a PhD candidate at Queensland College of Art (QCA), Kellie is currently the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. As well as these exhibitions, public performances (White Nights Melbourne 2015) and digital and time-based outputs, she published - in collaboration with Dr Murray Patterson - Performance Drawing - The long black line  in peer-reviewed online journal the New Scholar and Performance and the body in time - Traces of experience  presented at the Exist-ence Symposium 2013 held at QCA.

Since 2005 Kellie has been curating public site-specific and site-generated performances and exhibitions. In 2013 Kellie curated and produced the group exhibition Drawn To Experience - an enquiry into performance drawing displaying a cache of national and international practitioners investigating the physicality of contemporary drawing practice. This year, she is co-convener of GCCAR's Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium 2015. This research continues at the Symposium as Kellie presents Drawn to Experience V2, surveying the relationship of drawing and performance through investigation of the experimental, experiential and expansive act of drawing.

Kellie O’Dempsey’s work aims to expand our understanding of contemporary drawing and continues her practice of engaging in diverse delivery platforms for interdisciplinary visual art production. As Drawing Lecturer and Co-convenor (DIB) at the University, she engages in the teaching and development of interdisciplinary drawing practice. 

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