Kelly O’Brien is an American mixed media artist who lives and works near Bath, England. Materials and personal narrative play important roles in Kelly’s work. The impact of where she has lived is evident in her work over time. She works primarily with paper, attracted to its paradoxical qualities of ephemeral strength. Even when manipulated in seemingly destructive ways - scoring, burning, sewing into, tearing, repairing - what emerges is often more interesting and beautiful than the original form.