Mary Kelly

American, born 1941

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Mary Kelly

American, born 1941

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Feminist artist Mary Kelly mines social and sexual politics through lenses of motherhood, gender equality, and psychology. In an audacious manifestation of the feminist slogan “the personal is political,” Kelly’s Post-Partum Document (1973–79) tracked the first several years of her child’s life. She took a scientific approach to collecting and presenting data, which included copiously annotated scribbles, toenail clippings, and dirty diapers. The conceptual approach to this extended project defines Kelly’s body of work. In subsequent installation-based pieces, she continued to explore how traditional gender roles and expectations affect emotional and psychological growth. Commenting on the effect of her probing work on the viewer, Kelly has said, “I’ve been trying to create quiet, contemplative spaces in which the viewer’s emotional energy is concentrated internally. People often talk about my work in terms of activism, but, ultimately, I think it’s really a reflection on what that means.”

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Biography

Feminist artist Mary Kelly mines social and sexual politics through lenses of motherhood, gender equality, and psychology. In an audacious manifestation of the feminist slogan “the personal is political,” Kelly’s Post-Partum Document (1973–79) tracked the first several years of her child’s life. She took a scientific approach to collecting and presenting data, which included copiously annotated scribbles, toenail clippings, and dirty diapers. The conceptual approach to this extended project defines Kelly’s body of work. In subsequent installation-based pieces, she continued to explore how traditional gender roles and expectations affect emotional and psychological growth. Commenting on the effect of her probing work on the viewer, Kelly has said, “I’ve been trying to create quiet, contemplative spaces in which the viewer’s emotional energy is concentrated internally. People often talk about my work in terms of activism, but, ultimately, I think it’s really a reflection on what that means.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
user
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Tate
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Mary Kelly
The Feminist Critique: Mary Kelly’s Project-Based Works at Art Basel
Jun 9th, 2014
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