“Joan Kelly operates in “zones of contact,” a theme elaborated in the 2006 Sydney Biennale: places where competing narratives of power compete, where silences speak to unwritten histories. Kelly reinvents the body through the environment of these zones: be it the foreign worker chattels of Little India, the brothels of Calcutta, or the factory towns of the Shenzhen Economic Zone. This is landscape to the art of Joan Kelly.” Paul Khoo, art critic Singapore
Joan Kelly has been living in Singapore since 2005. Her introduction to Asia began in 1986 when she traveled to Indonesia carrying letters and money from Indonesian illegal workers in NYC to their families on Java. Presently, this thread has continued through her work in Singapore, which investigates the status of minority communities. The act of making art is an encounter with communities where there is no infrastructure for such communication. http://www.joanmariekelly.net
David Cohen is editor and publisher of artcritical, the online art magazine, and a noted critic and scholar. He served as gallery director at the New York Studio School from 2001 until 2010 and as art critic for the New York Sun from 2003 until 2008. His books include Serban Savu (Hatje Cantz verlag, 2011) and Alex Katz Collages: A catalogue raisonné (Colby College Museum of Art, 2005).
Joan Marie Kelly. Zones of Contact: Public Art and Activism. 2012-07-18
Photos: POT, Joan Marie Kelly