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Kelly Kozma: Press Release

Posted on May 06 2015


Paradigm Gallery + Studio presents Confetti Crackle Pop works by Kelly Kozma

Over 75 new mixed media and fibers-based works
May 22, 2015 – July 11, 2015

Opening reception*: Friday, May 22nd • 5:30pm - 10:00pm (RSVP on Facebook)

Location: Paradigm Gallery + Studio • 746 S 4th Street • Philadelphia, PA 19147

Gallery Open Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays • 12:00pm - 6:00pm 

Open by appointment 7 days a week: / (267)266-0073

Closing reception: Friday, June 26th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm

*Artist will be in attendance 

Through the cycle of growing there is inevitably the act of reflection on the past. The bright palette used throughout “Confetti Crackle Pop” represents a desired energy, gusto, and happiness that hinges on nostalgia. It’s reminiscent of playing make believe and being carefree. It begs you to use your imagination and break out your inner child. While it can be easy to forget these sensibilities, these works urge you to ignite them.

This body of work came out of my own deconstruction. Loss, suffering, illness. This exhibition tells the story of how I put myself back together, stitch-by-stitch.

-Kelly Kozma

About the Process
Confetti Crackle Pop features an array of mixed media techniques, including hand embroidery, painting, and collage, creating a body of work that shows the growth and transition that occurs in the passing of time. With every individual stitch made, knot tied or circle punched, a new notch is added to my timeline. Because of the meticulous nature and time consuming aspect involved in developing each piece, it feels as though time is physically being marked.

In many of the pieces, materials are deconstructed and put back together to generate a sense of control and stability. Using the technique of hand stitching to do so, equates quite literally to fixing something and making it stronger. In turn a sense of unity and connectedness is also achieved. Another part of the process involves rolling dice to determine which colors are used. The randomness and organic feel generated from this, alongside the otherwise extremely precise process, creates a balance within the work.

There are also many instances where prints of original pieces get sewn into, painted over, and collaged on top of. Each work is unique, but there are elements still visible from the one that came before. The work develops new generations of itself, which also shows movement through time.

Please email if you would like to be added to the collector preview list or would like to receive the press/media packet for this exhibition.

See currently available works here

Works from Confetti Crackle Pop are now online CLICK HERE