Kelsie Rudolph, Bozeman, Montana
Kelsie Rudolph searches for commonalities across cultural and social systems exemplified by the way that people relate to objects in various architectural spaces. Postulating that people’s responses are based on experiential associations led her to explore a type of abstraction that relates feelings to visual elements of color, material, and form.
Colors are often associated with various emotions in many cultures. Rudolph plays with these perceptions, creating surfaces with tints and tones in a color family as well as swatch-like samples of a singular color.
Rudolph’s sculptures correlate characteristics of actual and re-created materials and forms with our reading of a space—like the solidity of ceramics or concrete conveying dependability, or the softness of crocheted rugs and faux fur conveying comfort. The forms reference walls, sinks, staircases, corrugated metal, and vinyl siding, and some have cinder blocks and woven rugs as supports. Though suggesting regularity and uniformity, the handbuilding techniques, scale shifts, altered positioning, and skewed perspective mark the sculptures as simultaneously familiar and mysterious.