“I’ll Eat You Up; I Love You So”
Here you’ll find the second preview for Brooklyn-based artist, Kelly Denato’s solo show opening on March 14 from 6 – 9PM at myplasticheart. Today, Kelly discusses the intention and theme behind this upcoming exhibition. Keep an eye on the mph blog, as we’ll be uncovering more about this show and Kelly’s work during the week.
In your work for the upcoming show Sweet Nothings at mph, the emerging imagery and title suggest a thematic slant toward the bittersweet nature of love. Is this your intention?
I think “a slant toward the bittersweet nature of love” is quite an appropriate descriptor in regards to this body of work. “Sweet Nothings” are hyperbolic, trivial, expressions of love, affection, and sometimes obsession. I often use language as inspiration for my imagery, as you may have noticed in the titles of many of my previous works, and these romantic whispers are chock full of visual ammunition; “You Invade My Senses”, “I Could Drown In Your Eyes”, “I Love You To Pieces”, “I Could Eat You Up”, etc.
Duality is also important to me in my work and “Sweet Nothings” are a marvelous example of that. When someone expresses himself or herself in this way, it could be a disguise for more impure motives or, perhaps, at the time these sweet nothings are whispered, the emotion and intensity are sincere, but one day, the recipient’s name can’t even be recalled. These expressions of love, friendship, or admiration can be very intense and intensely fleeting.
“You invade my senses”
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th