Emily Kelly

Graphic Designer and Artist with a knack for conceptualizing and a love of typography, currently based in Boulder, Colorado. 

I love to write and think and do things with those thinkings. My practice has always been influenced by the fascination I have between the world and oneself, paired with the seen and unseen notion of tactility. I look forward to what can come of this if things are shaped just a little differently, and with a little more intent.

I thoroughly enjoy exploring the conceptual nature of a given subject, where ideas are free of form until they unfold, and am most excited about the opportunity to communicate ideas that can inspire others to think—and if lucky enough—do.


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Currently open to freelance and/or long-term contracts   
ITTCYL
2023

“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 exhausting 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.

8.5” x 11” mixed media.



Role-play
2024

6.25” x 9.25” mixed media.



M&M
2023

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.

8.5” x 11” gouache on paper.



Bubbles
2024

We’re all in our own little big bubbles, now aren’t we?

4.75” x 3.5” paper on a fruit punch red plastic sheet.



R
2024

9” x 12” fabric paint on transparent paper.



Oh Dear
2024

This piece stemmed from some thoughts I was having about the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I agree with this saying, but also feel words are words, and sometimes they sit and stay in one’s mind longer than an image would. 

Halfway through creation, I got on the phone with my friend to catch up about life n such—a small sentence said inspired the rest!

7.5” x 7” mixed media.



paint
2024

What role does medium have in relation to the artist? Can we medium bend? Is there a reason why one gravitates towards one or the other?

Regardless of this, we make.

6.5” x 4.5” paper on paper.



But what if?
2024

Thoughts of the ordinary and extraordinary unraveling on another.

9.5” x 9” pen on paper on paper.



Trials and Trials
2024

I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship to things I have no control over, and how that’s influenced my being at different stages of my life. I have a plethora of books, objects, and miscellaneous scraps I hold on to *just incase* I may use them. 

When making in this nature, I revisit my inventory, some items have been here for years, others only a few months, and each time I peruse through, I find something new. I like to let my brain and blade wander as I cut out various pieces, unaware of a budding theme or relationship until I feel content with the process of looking. Once I assess what I’ve pulled, that’s where the relationship building begins.

I enjoy how we notice different things about the same thing at different times, it’s a good indicator that we’re learning, even if only a little.

Leftovers
5.5” x 3.5” paper on paper.

Chasing Rainbows
7.5” x 6.5” paper on paper.

Compromise
10.5” x 7” paper on paper.



Assorted Collages
2019 - 2022

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?