M&M. 8.5” x 11” gouache on paper.

October 2023—I’d been feeling kinda meh in regards to play; and kinda stuck to be frank. Even though I have select materials I’m always thinking about creating with, it’d been a while since I allowed myself to fool around with others. I looked in my closet, took out the first piece of paper I saw, and sourced some paints I hadn’t touched since—I believe... 2018—and let myself wander for a bit. At a glance, I chuckled at how it ended up looking like an assortment of mini M&Ms, my favorite. 


Imagine trying to curate your life. 8.5” x 11” mixed media.

“Imagine trying to curate your life.” — a thought I jotted down in September of 2022. The thought stemmed mainly from the assumption that it must be so exauhsting trying to play a part—be a facade—exist for aesthetics—etc. In person or online, I came to realize that whether we realize it or not, we’re all curated in some way, by something, by someone—for everyone. From here, I thought about ten things that’ve curated my sense of self over the last few years of my life, and reflected on their varying importance in my existence.

2019 - Now

Select collage works I’ve enjoyed making over the years. Titles are in the order they appear; 1. iSpy 2. Roundabout 3. Tactile Symphony 4. Too Often 5. Yum 6. Summer Time 7. What’re you pointing at?

© 2023 Emily P. Kelly