Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

Another World

Soft Sculpture by Kelly Rundle


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About the Show

Recent Idaho transplant Kelly Rundle will fill the gallery with her fabulous soft sculptures, creating an environment populated by familiar yet fuzzily distorted objects. Her pieces feel like alien interpretations of everyday American household goods, constructed out of available (kindergarten classroom) materials without an understanding of their intended purpose (for an interesting related factoid, see cargo cults)

Artist Statement

“When I look at everyday items, I think about what they would look like hand stitched out of felt. My objects aren’t seamless in the most literal sense because I want them to have the feeling of being handmade. A sewing machine would complicate my process and take away from the aesthetic of my work. When I stitch an object it is like I am making my sketch and final piece simultaneously. I don’t make a pattern. I trace, measure and study the object and then make a haphazard replica of it. The result is simple, childlike and imperfect.

For Another World I have created five vignettes. Living Room, Lawn Machine, Studio, Bathroom and Parked Bike; these environments are created through the transformation of industrial and familiar objects into individual works and eventually into environments. Typically I start with a key item and create an environment around it, creating pieces necessary to complete the set.

“Another World” is a combination of work from my undergrad created 2007-2008 and my most recent work created from June-August 2009. With this work, I hope to create an inviting environments with the merging a simple craft item “felt” into distinct works that are humorous, whimsical and light-hearted.

A note about the materials
The majority of the products used to create my work are purchased second hand. The stuffing is a combination of old pillows; partially used bags of stuffing and left over scraps of felt. I use Eco Felt for all my pieces. Eco Felt is created from post consumer plastic bottles. A special thanks to Scrap for letting me work in exchange for much needed materials.”

Kelly Rundle

About the Artist

Kelly Rundle is an artist, whose primary medium is felt, she transforms a typical craft medium into narratives of everyday life. Her felt work begin her senior year at the University of Idaho. After watching “The Science of Sleep”, Kelly felt inspired to sew. Her first work was a felt camera made as a Christmas gift for her boyfriend Mike. Her collection of sewn items quickly expanded. She created pieces without thought as to how they would correspond to one another. She began studying the work of Liza Lou and her work titled “Kitchen”. This beaded environment solidified the need for her to create narrative environments with her own work. Kelly has been working with felt for three years and is continuously creating. Kelly graduated from the University of Idaho in 2009 with bachelor degrees in Studio Art, Art Education and Special Education. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

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Selected Pieces

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Lawn mower & Gas Can
Lawn mower & Gas Can
Lawn Mower Detail
Lawn Mower Detail
Keyboard and Paper
Keyboard and Paper
Bike
Bike
Bike (detail)
Bike (detail)
boombox
boombox
Another World
Another World
Kelly Rundle Emailable Show Card
Kelly Rundle Emailable Show Card