Kelli Hovanes

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Medium: Leather

Artwalk 2016 Location: Rogue Tavern Parking Lot, 2312 2nd Ave N

As a child I played dress up and made a mess of myself in makeup. Rather than grow out of it, I went to UAB for a degree in technical theatre and studio art.

I would say most of my work is multimedia, and by that I really mean that I’ll work in any medium that I can get my dirty little hands on. I never know when I’ll need to know how to weld, spin yarn or throw clay. I am driven to create.

I have most recently delved back into leather working for my mask making. One of the things that I enjoy most about theatre is the
transformation. It can be of a stage into a set, fabric into a costume, the audience throughout the production or of an actor into his character. Time and again I have heard actors say that the character really doesn’t come completely to life until they put on their costume. This mindset has drawn me to making masks. I love that a mask can both hide who you are and transform you into who you would like to be, or show a side of yourself you never let out.

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