Polly Kelsall - Building an Ecosystem from Scratch

Image Credit: Polly Kelsall

Test Space, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

Saturday 23 June 2018 – Sunday 08 July 2018
Opening Hours: 12-5pm daily. Closed Mondays


Friday 22 June, 6-8pm

Building an Ecosystem from Scratch is an exhibition exploring what an ecosystem can be: an interconnected system of ideas, materials, images and objects. It is a continuation of Polly Kelsall's evolving process where she combines and adapts existing works with new objects, materials and images to create new associations. 

Geology meets DIY materials, found objects intermingle with handmade creations, natural materials merge with modern day detritus. Combining these materials and processes results in an abundance of individual objects, each leading into further objects to create a new community or ecosystem that is flexible, adaptive and fragile. 

Polly Kelsall

Polly Kelsall is a Bristol-based artist whose work combines images, materials and objects which are continually adapting and evolving to create new narratives. Her ideas, thoughts and concerns explore the possible tensions and balances between human activities and natural processes, permanence and the temporary, and the relationship between the built and natural environment.  Kelsall graduated with BA Fine Art from University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol (2011). Exhibitions include Material/Control at The Control Room, Bristol (2015) and a commissioned artwork, Subterranean, presented as part of the Art in Bearpit project, Bristol (2015).


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