Jessica Kelly & Elisabeth Van Dam – LOVEDOLL


A collaboration between dancer, sculptor, philosopher Elisabeth Van Dam and visual artist Jessica Kelly, who defines her video work simply as “moving images”, LOVEDOLL arose from the expressive figures of Van Dam’s autobiographical neon drawings.

As the eponymous LOVEDOLL, she appears as a latter-day Faustian “Gretchen” singing her mad love for her madness making loverman. Her song, a re-working of Schubert’s Gretchen am Spinnrade, inspired by Goethe’s tragic maiden, was created in collaboration with Laurens Marien of Soldier’s Heart.

Bathed in the radiance and colours of a future-Flemish, hallucinatory medieval aesthetic, the metamorphic LOVEDOLL emerges in a fractured video space, with claustrophobic and expansive moments, both fertile and barren. She offers up her fruity delights, simultaneously childlike and erotic, carnal yet unreal, iconic and eclectic, glittering yet dirty.

LOVEDOLL, a collaboration between Ormond artist Jessica Kelly and Elisabeth Van Dam will be shown at the Zaradi Tebe festival in Ghent, Belgium this weekend.

Published by Ormond Art Studios

Ormond Art Studios is an artist-led initiative in Dublin city and is a platform for emerging visual artists. It supports the development of arts practice through affordable studio provision, critical discourse and space for events, residencies and exhibitions. The physical studios consists of eight individual artist's spaces along with a separate area that serves as the Project Space. The Project Space offers scope for work on a larger scale, embodied practice and experimentation. It is in this space that feedback sessions, events and exhibitions happen. We believe that critical discourse is hugely beneficial to developing a professional arts practice and essential to a dynamic arts community. Ormond Art Studios encourages members to open up their practise to peer critique and facilitates lively feedback sessions, residencies, and information/skills sharing initiatives. We believe in collaboration and connect with other creative initiatives to develop a network of support for artist‐led endeavours in Dublin and beyond. For more information please contact us at Ormond Art Studios is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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