Kelly Beeman

Kelly Beeman

ABOUT THE COLLECTION


In my creation for ONESIXONE, I was inspired by the idea of human connectedness, closeness, and collision in a
series of artworks in which fragments of faces, bodies, and nature form an abstract representation of unity - each
entangled, touching, and overlapping, indistinguishable from the whole.
The human condition is a contradictory one, riddled with antagonistic impulses. As individuals we drift between a deep
awareness of our collective being, and the self-important demands of our egos - alone, detached, and differentiated.
Together our dissimilar experiences can also create a delicate harmony when transformed into a desire to connect with
someone else, to practice empathy.
Music is the pulse of collective existence, and the soul of this collection. Exploring the various applications of the
golden ratio, I investigated ancient Greek musical theory, discovering that Greek theater evolved from Dionysian rituals
in which music was a vital part. Using choral music composed in specific harmonic modes (dithyrambs), participants
would dance in wild abandon to achieve a state of unity with each other, nature, and the gods. Yearning for oneness
evolved from ritual to art form; creative expression is one way to traverse the boundaries between one person and
another.
In the collection artwork, my concern was primarily with the internal and collective, and the possibility of a human
essence which is constant, unchanging, and present in all of us. My intention was to create continuity from one figure to
the next, resulting in a dynamic pattern - the fabric of humankind. We then adapted this artwork to the collection using
embroidery, a technique that also happens to have a powerful metaphoric significance; to be alive is to be interwoven
with other living things.
I enjoy this thought - that there is a thread that runs between us and from our singular lives a magnificent tapestry is
sewn, filled with different complimentary forms, shapes, colors, expanding infinitely. Occasionally we have momentary
glimpses of its splendor, maybe even recognizing ourselves within the threads of this extraordinary fabric.
Contemporary life can be the most extreme example of alienation, and yet art flourishes as we long for new ways to
reach one another, to find common ground and understanding. Our attempts may at times be desperate, floundering, and
with flawed and fleeting results, but this inexhaustible quest is the permanent foundation of beauty, and that the results
are imperfect is beauty at its most profound.
Kelly Beeman


BIO


Kelly Beeman is a self-taught artist and fashion illustrator based in New York City. Her diverse body of work
consists of simple, black and white contour drawings of nudes that evolve into fully-rendered watercolor
paintings portraying a vivid world composed of clothing, everyday objects, nature, and interior spaces.
Beeman is interested in the relationship between fashion and culture, and inspired by fashion as an
increasingly-important feature of everyday life. By “dressing” the characters in her paintings, she uses
fashion as a tool to create personalities, narratives, and context, and explores the significance of trend and
personal appearance in modern culture.
Her work has been published in Vogue China, Vogue Korea, Marie Claire Italia, InStyle, Interview Magazine,
and Numero Toyko and her clients include J.W. ANDERSON, LOEWE, TORY BURCH, ELIE SAAB and now
ONESIXONE.



“Kelly ́s creative impulse, through mechanisms of distortion, introspection, reversal and further
significance of her world ́s insight, makes her artwork offer fresh emotional forms that exceed sense
and desire – an excess impossible to reabsorb, and constantly open to interpretation and possibility.”


Adrián Salvador Candela, Creative Director

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