In Systems | Bodies | Parameters, Kellie Romany’s works utilize the materiality of paint to investigate issues around identity, relationships, and racial constructs. Using a color palette of skin tones, Romany’s shapes and textures become metaphors for the body. As she intuitively shifts and turns the canvas, pigments and oils expand outwards and blend, bleed, clot, and crack. Colors and textures emerge, suggesting the biological complexity of skin.
Kellie Romany’s paintings speak to the intimacy, beauty, and trauma embodied within Black and Brown subjects. She also thinks about bodies in relationship to one other—as family, as community, and as lineages. While she embraces intuitive movement and the organic qualities of the materials she uses, at moments Romany interrupts the flow with abrupt breaks and straight lines. These interruptions ask the question, “What happens to bodies that are placed within systems that deny movement or potential?”