06 | Windows

Sculpture   |  Kelly O'Neill  |  Brighton, MI

About This Installation

My creative expression is articulated through the manipulation of recycled metal. The idea starts with one or two pieces of inspirational metal, which will form the idea. From there, I allow each new piece to build upon the previous piece creating a sculpture and composition of shapes upon shapes depending on the viewpoint from the piece. Each shape contributes to the final form. The exploration of the positive and negative space, the composition and three-dimensional process results in something unique that usually surprises me.

My work reflects creating sculptures from a linear piece of metal. Creating 3-dimensional shapes from a 2-dimensional piece of metal. I experience my artist flow when I allow my intuition to drive my creative process.

Artist Bio

Kelly O’Neill was born and raised in Michigan and currently resides in Brighton, Michigan.

Kelly O’Neill was a marketing professional with General Motors for 34 years. Kelly has been a professional artist since 2018 with a focus on metal sculpture. With the recent retirement from her marketing career, Kelly has had time to exhale and allow more introspection and thoughtfulness in her artistic creations with attention to construction and care in production. O’Neill works with Metal, Clay, and Glass - Her metalwork sculptures are from recycled steel and are finished with Powder Coating, Paint, or natural patina. Her Ceramics use both wheel-thrown and hand–built techniques, fired with custom glazes.

Her art is the Fusion of Iron and Earth. Each piece is unique and symbiotically created.

Kelly is also inspired by helping young artists with their careers. She started as a volunteer with Mint Artists Guild assisting with brand development, social media marketing, and Mint Masterpieces Fundraiser. She was asked to join the board in 2019. In addition to leading the marketing, Kelly has taken on additional projects including Strategic Planning for 2021-2022, produced virtual art fairs (to replace actual art fairs canceled due to Covid19) mentoring marketing interns, and launching an alumni program.

NOTE: Some images are submission proposals. Final artwork photos will be posted after the artist has completed their installation prior to June 1, 2021.

Find On The Trail - Site 06

Buchard Park - South

This spacious, grassy area houses the Brenke Fish Ladder in the historic Old Town Neighborhood. This park is home to two ArtPath works this year.

This location is made possible in part by generous contributions from:
Michelle Massey & Joe Findlater

ArtPath 2021 is generously supported by our title sponsors Rathbun Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. With additional support by:

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Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
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Michigan Economic Development Corporation & Patronicity