Kelly Gill’s body of work crosses over through several mediums, from film to paint, architecture, digital design, furniture making and metal casting. She has worked over a decade in the film industry on such features as: “Black Panther” and “Fast and the Furious 9” while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. The cross disciplinary nature of her studies and interests inform each of her projects.


While her passions lie in design of any kind, furniture and architectural design have proven to come to the forefront while paint has provided an unexpected outlet for expression during the 2020 Covid19 Pandemic.The philosophy of her art is heavily rooted in Wabi-Sabi, the ideas of acceptance, impermanence and the quality of the work. An artist can only create from what they are, art sends ripples through the consciousness of humanity, therefore the greatest work an artist can produce is centered around improving themselves and thereby improving the quality of their work.


Art doesn’t need to be thought out. It doesn’t need to be pre-emptive. It doesn’t need to be planned, or structured, or even agreed upon. Sometimes, Art is more than the outcome, it’s the process. This painting, just one of dozens, is a testament to that. The outcome is always a surprise, to everyone involved, because this art is collaborative. It is all about the collaboration. I spent endless nights, along with friends and family, tearing off large sheets of paper, making strong cocktails, and spilling paint onto the blank canvas. What derived is a piece of work that illustrates our thoughts, frustrations, secrets, and our own unique personalities. This particular mind-vomit is between myself, my brother, and a close friend. Each had their own paint, their own section of the canvas, and their own ideas, which throughout the night, were painted over and over and over, combining all our ideas into one, our consciousness into one, and our lives into one.