Artist bio

Kellianne M. Land Artist Bio 2019 Kellianne Land is a muralist and artist. Natural beauty and allegory are her main inspirations. While studying the history of textiles at Concordia University (Montreal) Land became inspired by the diversity of cultural iconography which led her to pursue decorative art. As a partner in Schmidt Mandell Studios Land became adebt at creating interiors, including murals and cabinetry design, for commercial and residential clients in Charleston South Carolina. Returning to Ontario seven years ago, Land started to awaken her earlier fine art pursuits. She has been a member of Headwaters Art Association, The Brushfire Artists and has volunteered her talents in creating spaces for several institutions (such as St. James Anglican"s "The Butterfly Hall" in Fergus). Painting the beautiful, iconic landscape of Southern Ontario "en plein air" has also been a significant part of her practice. The riverside is her main inspiration. While re-invigorating her drawing skills at Guelph University Land started to work on a series of drawings and mixed medium assemblages in her studio. The subjects range from the passage of time, the nature of being, mythology/allegory and pure abstraction. She also writes icons as a devotional practice. Ms Land now resides and continues her practice on the South Western shore of Nova Scotia. She fascilitates various workshops with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia ArtReach programs, volunteers for the Autism Arts classes and was Artist in Residence for Holy Trinity Arts at Holy Trinity Anglican Church for 6 months in 2018. Land is an active member of the Yarmouth Art Society and exhibits her work in The Waterfront Gallery. She presently works at the Western Branch of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, organizes life drawing sessions at Holy Trinity Hall, and is fascilitating a pilot project called "Art Explorations" with Southwest Nova Employment Center as well as working as volunteer on the formation of a public art policy with the Town of Yarmouth.


The Battles Won:Shield of Faith



Artist Statement

Mixed media
Through the turbulent times Christ is center and victorious.
The process I use to create my abstract work is healing. I start by creating an abstract expressionist image. Then i cut it in strips and carefully redistribute the strips into a collage. In this piece I have overpainted the collage interconnecting and bringing even more depth to the work. The cruciform became shieldlike and I found myself wanting to create more depth, infinite, present and ongoing by the radience of white to vermillion horizontal and vertical pallet knife marks.

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This work is a prayer in the Spirit.
Christ is my shield.
"But you o Lord, are a shield about me, and the lifter of my head."
Psalm 3:3
How many battles? The continual waring of the rulers, authorities and powers is too much for me but not for God.
The Kairos , the fulcrum, the center of faith is depicted in this icon like shield. The one who knows every battle, every pain, each sorrow and every joy is the center eminating into eternity.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." Isaiah 43:1-2

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