Kelly Rose Adams is a contemporary painter based in Toronto. Adams Completed her BFA at OCAD University in 2018 and is an alumna of the Florence off campus studies program.
Kelly Rose Adams recognizes painting as a unique opportunity to expand upon reality. Adams layers visual metaphor with realist painting practices to describe invisible psychological themes. She is interested in the collective human experience, with a focus on hidden identity and shared emotion. The process of layering the classic form of a portrait, with visual representations of the internal self, offers a more complete picture of an experience.
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I tend to expect that contentment is just around the corner, just after the next life step, close, but always in the elusive future. This painting depicts the road that I've always hoped would take me to some sort of grand completion of self.
Covid-19 and the resulting quarantine forced me to find comfort in the present, in what I have now, instead of what I'm striving to achieve. I've finally begun to realize that the path is endless, and I can choose to come home, to my body, to this moment, here and now, as this moment is all we will ever actually have.
This painting is not meant to be morbid, but to represent a feeling of overwhelm, stress, and anxiety. Feelings that are extremely relevant lately. I make paintings about these feelings not to dwell on them, but to get them out and give them a physical form. Pulling these feelings out of the abstract, and into a place where they can be confronted head on.