Meet Kelly Hollingsworth. Her artwork will soon be added to the Naples Art Association’s collection.
A dynamic artist and sought-after art teacher, Hollingsworth lives in Naples full-time and has for more than a decade. When she talks about her work, she lights up. “I am a constructionist. In my process, I collect objects, imagery and emotions. Some of my images have a familiar feel using important iconography, paying homage to my predecessors in art history,” Hollingsworth said.
The NAA Collection Committee visited her Naples’ studio to ask her about donating to the 60-year-old nonprofit’s holdings, which include art created after 1950 by artists who have lived in or had a connection to Florida. Hollingsworth heartily agreed.
Her piece, which will be completed soon, is a mixed media assemblage featuring her distinctive dress motif assembled with photographic images and a selection of her journal writings. Personal elements like this help Hollingsworth identify with her images, as they collectively serve as a representation of her ideas and emotions over the years. “I try to make the invisible visible and use parts of the self that would be viewed as distasteful into something beautiful. My work is a combination of visually provocative, still images, almost like a film clip,” said Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and she has played an important role in the Naples Art Association’s education program over the years. She teaches two ARTScool classes this summer, Open Studio and Advanced Pop Art.
Coming this fall, she is beginning a new class with the Naples Art Association geared toward helping high school aged artists develop and organize their portfolio in preparation for growing their future creative careers.