U.S. South 2020

This video piece examines poverty, borders, the void and the sublime while cutting across the US south. It serves to highlight the amnesia of disaster and the blindness to poverty as homes remain underwater and windows remain boarded up with plywood. There is a certain sadness in the beautiful non-space between departure and arrival, cutting though the landscape and passing though forgotten towns one is brought to face what so many forget.

I Used to Drive 2015

I Used to Drive is a personal narrative that uses image and text to describe a loss and longing. It points toward a need to escape and the inability to connect to other humans.

Light 2017

Light is a work combining image and text, photocopied from a book and torn from a magizine – placed in a notebook: a personal archive. It examines loss, death and life, gratitude and sorrow.

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Kelly McGoveren

United States


Kelly McGovern is a multi-media artist. Her work examines loss by searching for new meaning in combining original and appropriated text and imagery.At times, these visual references paint moments of hope beyond despair, at others, they reflect failure despite effort.
She has shown nationally in several major cities includingLondon, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, and Portland Oregon, and her work resides in a permanent collection in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received her MFA from the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She currently works and teaches in Philadelphia.

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