Kelsey Galbraith’s paintings search for the platform to address the deeply convoluted relationship between the natural world, the industrial world, and humankind. Her curiosity to make sense of the place we hold on this land where we work, we live, we reap, we heal, and protect, acts as the wheel house to her compositions. Her work is designed to acknowledge the foundations of this relationship through the foundational language of paint and abstract art.
The painting Reach harbours many of the curiosities she hurls her creative energy towards. Though formed and structured, moments of interlude appear delivering gesture and harmony, encouraging the viewer to find a path to follow. The path is not to lead to a definitive conclusion, but to simply notice and experience the relationships between the formal elements of the piece. Can one slow enough to hear a story? She appreciates the ambiguity within the small details; the moments of inquisition where material can remain its raw form; where elements can be read as metaphors. Is art the last frontier to engage this trait of thought and awareness as it becomes difficult to hold on to in the forward force of the 21st century?
Graduating with a B.FA / B.Ed from Lethbridge University in 2015, Galbraith works within her home studio, while teaching Grade 5 at a local K-12 school. In combination with her passion for art and education she finds her self working as a leader for summer wilderness camps with the purpose to empower high school students, as well as working with her partners family organic beef ranch in south western Alberta. Within all the corners of Galbraith's life, there is fuel for her inherent curiosity of the symbiotic relationship between the natural world and humankind.