Academic Profile

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Academic Profile

Miss Joan Marie Kelly

Senior Lecturer


School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Email: JMKELLY@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)6316 8929
Office: ART 3-12

Education
  • MFA Western Connecticut State University 2005
  • BFA Maryland Institute College of Art 1993
Biography
Joan Marie Kelly is an Urban Ecologist, she investigates the ecosystem of the city
initiating artistic connections with migrant and marginalized communities. The aim is to empower the community with the experience of creation. Kelly reinvigorates concepts of figure painting and drawing in collaborations with ethnographic methodologies. She focuses her participatory workshops on communities of lower caste women and children in India. The women and children tell their stories through drawings, knitted pieces, photographs, and audio documentaries.

Kelly applies her participatory art workshops to interdisciplinary collaborations with several researchers and communities. Collaborating changes the intension and outcome of the participatory workshops opening up whole new fields. Creativity and rudimental tools of drawing applied in different contexts with scholarly researchers has the ability to transform the intension and meaning of the scholarly work through visual language.

The interdisciplinary work is with these different fields and scholars:
1) Sustaining oral languages with three linguist working in different focus areas in Asia, by creating the first illustrated children’s books with the oral language communities.
2)Drawing as a tool for engineers to develop and record ideas.
3) The use of multi-media arts as a means to provoke communication and awareness of cultural heritage within host communities prior to tourism development. The collaboration involves Yuthasak Chatkaewnapanon from University of Chiang Mai, a Thai Tourism sociologist, and Prof. Ross Adrian Williams, a sound artist.

All of these particular sectors of society influence Kelly’s personal artwork which is inspired by urban life of South East Asia.
Research Interests
Joan Marie Kelly is an Urban Ecologist, she investigates the ecosystem of the city initiating artistic connections with migrant and marginalized communities. The aim is to empower the community with the experience of creation. Kelly reinvigorates concepts of figure painting and drawing in collaborations with ethnographic methodologies. She focuses her participatory workshops on communities of lower caste women and children in India. The women and children tell their stories through drawings, knitted pieces, photographs, and audio documentaries.

Kelly applies her participatory art workshops to interdisciplinary collaborations with several researchers and communities. Collaborating changes the intension and outcome of the participatory workshops opening up whole new fields. Creativity and rudimental tools of drawing applied in different contexts with scholarly researchers has the ability to transform the intension and meaning of the scholarly work through visual language.

The interdisciplinary work is with these different fields and scholars:
1) Sustaining oral languages with three linguist working in different focus areas in Asia, by creating the first illustrated children’s books with the oral language communities.
2)Drawing as a tool for engineers to develop and record ideas.
3) The use of multi-media arts as a means to provoke communication and awareness of cultural heritage within host communities prior to tourism development. The collaboration involves Yuthasak Chatkaewnapanon from University of Chiang Mai, a Thai Tourism sociologist, and Prof. Ross Adrian Williams, a sound artist.

All of these particular sectors of society influence Kelly’s personal artwork which is inspired by urban life of South East Asia.
Current Projects
  • Culture, Behaviour And Art Uncovered By The Development Of Tangible Interfaces In Interactive Visual Environments
  • The development of Artistic and Participatory Means of Recording, Writing and Transmitting the Stories and Knowledge of Kagate, an Endangered Language of Nepal
Selected Publications
  • Title of Publication:VI International Biennial of Drawing Pilsen 2008 Publisher: University of West Bohemia in Pilsen & The Professional Association of Legal Entites, The biennial of Drawing Pilsen ISBN 978-80-7043-723-0. (2008). Singapore Taxi Drivers. VI International Biennial of Drawing Pilsen 2008, , Pg 66.

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