“How do we manage to digest the stimuli of what we see? Our eyes see more than is ever able to be absorbed. It is a hunger that drives scrolling mindlessly while my eyes consume my media diet. Conversely, there is a hunger to be seen. But can this hunger be satisfied by the eyes of strangers and distant acquaintances? How are our emotional needs met or unfulfilled by our social media landscapes? The images of the eyes in this piece are taken directly from a Google search of “eyes”. The owners of these eyes are anonymous and unknown. Eyes, the supposed ‘windows to the soul’, are reduced to stock imagery on the internet.”
Kelley O’Leary is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Bay Area who works primarily in collage, sculpture and social practice. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles & Massachusetts. She has been awarded artist residencies at Root Division, Bullseye Glass, Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, The Jennings Hotel and Irving Street Projects, where she received a Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant for Community Arts in 2017. Kelley graduated with a B.A. in Art and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Palette is a CAFE + LOUNGE and Gallery that playfully explores the relationship between food, art and community.