Artist Keri Joy Colestock has overcome chronic illness to become a prolific and successful artist. She spoke to ABI about her whimsical sculptures.
ABI: How did you get started creating your mixed media work?
KJC: I have been a contemporary artist since 2003 after I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I was bedridden with my illness, but rather than considering it a handicap, I used it to begin my journey, thus my “Wall Dancers” were born. Literally 300 of them were made in bed. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I accept I am exactly where I am supposed to be today.
Wall Dancers are 12″ polymer art dolls, very unique with wire and beaded arms. No molds were used. I sold 1400 of them in six years.
ABI: What would you say was a turning point for you as an artist?
KJC: In 2010 I was approached by Ken Marquis from Landfill Art to be a part of the Landfill Art project. Ken is having 1041 artists take scrapped hubcaps and we the artists turned what was ‘junk’ into masterpieces. It will be a traveling exhibit and a table book when finished.
I incorporate polymer clay with my recycled found objects turning trash to treasures! My goal is to continue to create beautiful works of art fueled by passion, whimsy and imagination. At this point, I am trying to further expand my artwork into galleries.
ABI: You have received several accolades lately. Could you tell us about them?
KJC: Six of my pieces are now published in the Shiffler’s Contemporary Sculptor table book which came out in September 2012. In October I was awarded Martha Stewarts American Made Audience Choice Artist. Also Art Jury chose me as one of their emerging artists. I am currently at the 4ART Inc Gallery in the famous Zhou B Art Center.