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Kelly Klick

Mother Cake

Kelly Klick

April 1 – June 30, 2021

Kelly Klick

Artist Statement

Kelly Klick is a proud rural artist based in Pinawa. Klick draws inspiration from her 20 years as a midwife. She is a strong advocate for rural artists and is Vice President of Pinawa Art 211. When she makes art she thinks about her own herstory. Using her great grandmother’s lacework, grandmother’s cut glass, mother’s wool combined with found items helps her connect with previous mothers. then she assembles her own herstory by pairing these traditional items with her ceramic sculpture and oil painting

Her progressive series “Mother Cake” is about the placenta and what it means to her. It invites you to ask what the placenta means to you.

Mother Cake” is taken from German ‘mutterkuchen’. The placenta is where the mother makes a cake from which new life is nourished and emerges. No birth is complete until the placenta emerges after the baby. It is the first relationship between emerging life inside an experienced life. Each draws fulfillment and inspiration from the other.

Can you find your creative origins here? Can you see your herstory?

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Studio Tour and Artistic Questionnaire

Can you describe your daily/weekly art practice?

I am very blessed to have a very flexible practice. My days start with a quick list of what I want to accomplish. If all goes to plan, I spend time in either my studio in my home or at the Pinawa Art Gallery. In my studio I rug hook, paint and assemble my sculptures. I also do my administration work, such as apply for grants and respond to emails, Facebook and Instagram. Once a week I take a painting class and twice a week I co-host a clay sculpture drop-in at the Gallery. 

What is your favourite part about your studio?

I love my little studio because it is in my home. I can (and often do) slip into the TV room to watch something while I rug hook or sketch. I watch quite a few YouTube art workshops and will sketch with the artists on programs such as ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’. I am very lucky to be able to sculpt at the Pinawa Art Gallery. I get most of my energy from being with other artists and am always in awe of everyone’s talent.

What are your creative goals?

Over this year my goals are to do some plein-air landscape painting, set up a website, and curate the RAMP mentees in an exhibition at the Pinawa Art Gallery in November.

Artists Conversation Series: Kelly Klick and Dana Kletke


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20 entries.
Arlene Bohn wrote on June 2, 2021 at 2:42 pm
Love how your artistic mind works Kelly. I think you have captured the beauty in nature with your display. I’m always excited to see what you are creating next. Congratulations on a wonderful artistic collection.
Karen Jones wrote on May 28, 2021 at 12:27 pm
Very different and thought provoking Kelly; so symbolic to be able to link birth and your work passion with your artistic intuition - truly inspiring.
Rachelle Reimer wrote on April 28, 2021 at 2:48 pm
I love how you marry together both your previous work as a midwife with art. I especially love "The Tree of Life" with the beautiful scupture you made. I am blessed to know you as one if my midwives and as an artist friend too!
dawn wrote on April 21, 2021 at 6:28 pm
I really identified with "Wasted Resources", thank you!
Logan J wrote on April 6, 2021 at 8:42 pm
Very beautiful work Kelly!!
Jan wrote on April 4, 2021 at 3:06 pm
Beautiful, creative, inspiring, thoughtful. Amazing how you tied elements (like cord, lace, beads, sculpture, wooden stool) together to share a delicate story of life with us.
Cheryl Swanson wrote on April 3, 2021 at 11:45 am
Congratulations Kelly. Very thoughtful and eye catching work. Thank you for sharing!
Patrick McMahon wrote on April 2, 2021 at 9:06 pm
Wow I love seeing you follow your passion,keep up the beautiful art work.
Holly wrote on April 1, 2021 at 5:11 pm
Wow! I have gone back to look at your artwork three times. There is so much to absorb. Thank you.
Alex Reid wrote on April 1, 2021 at 12:08 pm
Very thought provoking, Kelly. Fascinating work.
Mary wrote on April 1, 2021 at 11:15 am
Beautiful & so creative. Placenta is life sustaining to the fetus
Monica Storozuk wrote on April 1, 2021 at 10:14 am
Beautiful. The works convey both delicacy and earthiness. So many contrasts in this collection.
Lois Bernardin wrote on April 1, 2021 at 10:02 am
Awesome work Kelly
Yoshi wrote on April 1, 2021 at 9:58 am
Congrats Kelly! Thank you for sharing your story and knowledge on such a beautiful part of human creation. I’ve gained an understanding and respect for the placenta by following your creation journey.
Brenda McKenzie wrote on April 1, 2021 at 9:57 am
Congratulations on a wonderful exhibition of your works. Truly fascinating interpretations of your theme.
Andrea Brien wrote on April 1, 2021 at 9:52 am
I love this beautiful artwork . It's a beautiful celebration of birth .
Natassja Brien wrote on April 1, 2021 at 9:52 am
All lovely and evocative pieces. I think either Tree of Life or Herbal Persuasion is my favourite!
Janice Charko wrote on April 1, 2021 at 8:55 am
So proud to have Kelly as a member of Pinawa Art211. This exhibit is both beautiful and haunting and took my mind to new places. So creative!
Tom McMahon wrote on April 1, 2021 at 8:49 am
Beautiful, thought provoking and original!
Kelly Murray wrote on March 30, 2021 at 2:22 pm
I love how you've turned a vital organ into the centerpiece of your work.