Artist: Kelly Schmal
"I see living as a creative act-we have the ability to shape our own understanding of the world. In my work, I examine our constructed ideas of reality and the role that perception plays in this construction. I am especially interested in the power of belief-what we want to perceive and believe affects what we actually perceive and what can become ‘reality' to us. Imagination, relics, celebration, collective belief, and context are some of the many things that inform and inspire my art. To me, artmaking acts as a place of experimentation where I can explore and discover methods of shaping reality for myself."