In 2001 I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and in 2005 released from the Canadian Armed Forces after 22 years of service. I have since experienced the unique treatment reserved for people living with a Mental Health issue. In my art
practice I seek to challenge and inspire the viewer to rethink their assumptions about Mental Illness.
I am most passionate about working in 3 Dimensions because then anything I see, feel, hear, smell and taste can be used as a conduit of
self-expression. I am captivated by the infinite alliance of form and material available to me. Repetition of ordinary objects, fastening everyday materials in unexpected ways, merging incongruent substances: these methods of making underpin and define
Copper is a ubiquitous material with deep historical artistic and industrial roots. The existence of copper has enabled and sustained the logarithmic growth of technologies, to our humane detriment. Subverting copper's industrial function
to one of static contemplation becomes an allegorical plea for deceleration and hope.
In a world where peace inhabits the marked position, efforts to create the arresting out of the unexpected speak to the untapped global grace currently denied
us. My art alludes to potential solutions to the myriad social injustices saturating our world. The complexity of this work forecasts that solutions to these injustices are possible but will be multifaceted, protracted and demand our deepest commitments.
One should not shy away from the challenge of offering hope within a seemingly permanently damaged context.
Kelly Gough, July 2010
Kelly Gough was born in Scarborough, Ontario the 6th of 7 children. Her parents say that she drew on anything she could get her hands on, including – to their dismay – the family Bible. Kelly joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 as a communications technician and later went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Social Work. After working primarily as a military social worker for 22 years, Kelly succumbed to the challenges of her work and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Depression in 2001. |
In 2005, Kelly and her husband moved to Vancouver, BC. Her need to gradually accept and reconnect with her emotions coupled with the discovery of a new west coast lifestyle made the pursuit her life long dream to become an artist inevitable. Through her work as an assemblage and performance artist and her online blog “PTSD is Not My Fault”, Kelly challenges the many misconceptions of mental illness.
Kelly Gough’s artwork is not only a fundamental part of her own psychological healing, but also provides a social commentary acknowledging the fragmented and deconstructed emotions of a society heavily stimulated by media and commercialism. Woven into the themes of her artwork are her beliefs about feminism and the importance of supporting awareness of women’s issues including domestic violence. Kelly’s background in military social work has given her work an authentic and credible voice that is able to communicate in ways that encourage engagement and interaction.
2010 BFA Emily Carr Institute of Design|
2006 Fine Arts Diploma North Island College
1999 MSW Carlton University Completed
1996 BSW University of Victoria
2009 Me and My Shadows, Muir Gallery, Courtenay BC |
2008 In Kandahar Fields, Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay, BC
2010 Emergence: Mixed Metaphors - Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC |
2010 International Sculpture Exhibition of Outstanding Graduates - Beijing, China
2010 Friendship Show, Comox Valley, Vancouver Island
2010 Emily Carr Grad Show, Vancouver
2010 Undone: Emily Carr Grad Show Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver Island
2010 Through the Looking Glass, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver Island
2009 North Island College Art Events Fall 2004 to Fall 2009
2009 Wearable Art Show, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver Island
2008 Merkin and Codpiece Show, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver Island
2006 NIC Grad Art Show, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver Island
2006 Comox Valley Arts Council Banner Project, Vancouver Island
2006 Muir Gallery Achey Breakey Heart, Courtney, Vancouver Island
2005 Comox Marina Originals Only, Vancouver Island
2005 Comox Valley Arts Council Banner Project, Vancouver Island
2004 Parksville Small in Nature, Vancouver Island
|Individual Performance Art|
2009 Lost and Found, Seal Bay Park, Vancouver Island |
2007 Strait Jacket Walk, Downtown Courtenay, Vancouver Island
2006-2007 Reader, Noon Hour Poetry - Muir Gallery, Vancouver Island
2005-2009 Vocalist, All in All Pink Floyd Tribute Band
2001-2004 Vocalist, Time Well Wasted
|Art Educator and Volunteer Experience|
2010 Art Talk: Lost and Found, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver Island|
2010 Through the Looking Glass (Mental Health Show), Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver Island
2009 NIC Art Experience Day
2006-2007 Volunteer, Muir Gallery, Vancouver Island
2004-2009 NIC Art Events Committee Member