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"Dreams My Mother Bequeathed - Until Darkness Falls" Installation by Paula Kelley Reception Friday October 13th, 2017 at Historic Alfred I. DuPont in Miami

Artist, Photographer and Sculptor Paula Kelley will have her debut artist statement "Dreams My Mother Bequeathed - Until Darkness Falls" at the historic Alfred I. DuPont building for Diorama Project presented by Tiliarts on Friday October 13th, 2017, coinciding with Downtown Art Days Miami. The project is a constructive criticism of our current healthcare practices with commentary on the over medication epidemic which resulted in the sudden loss of her mother last year.

Miami, FL, September 29, 2017 --( “Dreams My Mother Bequeathed – Until Darkness Falls” by Paula Kelley

Immensely affected by the sudden loss of her mother in 2016, Paula Kelley embarked on a necessary journey of artistic expression, self exploration and a better understanding regarding the wasteland of over medication that ultimately lead to her mother’s passing. The failing communication between doctors, patient needs and family requests caused dreams to fall into darkness. A constructive criticism of our current healthcare practices are at the forefront of this exploration, which are contradictory to better health and life longevity. Instead of healing, we are in a constant haze of medication induced apathy.

Over a year later, there are still unanswered questions regarding the Molotov cocktail of 15 prescriptions that were administered to an ailing mother, daughter, sister, aunt and patient with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and constant body pain. Not old enough to live in a nursing home, yet apparently medicated enough that warranted constant medical care that failed. In order to deal with the emotions of her loss, Paula’s subconscious urged her mind and hands to prepare for a catharsis. Sculpt. Photograph. Document. To create a narrative that is both reflective of her own circumstances while resonating with modern society and create the dialog by looking deeper into the issues surrounding prescription drugs and the cause & effect of taking multiple medications.

The body of work entails 26 air dried clay sculptures of fruits and vegetables that are symbolic as an offering of peace for the other side. Each sculpture was also carefully selected to represent the particular items that should have been consumed based on blood type diet specific to her mother’s circumstances. The images selected for the photographic element are much like the tree of life, reflective of the nurturing mother that has become frail. The medication report, consisting of 15 prescriptions, 16 major life threatening interactions, 40 moderate to severe interactions equaling 240 pages of written text, are carefully hand cut into leaves that have fallen from the allegorical tree of life.

For more discovery regarding the prescription drug epidemic; please visit to learn more about drug interactions and the onslaught of our over medicated society.

Paula Kelley has over 10 years experience in metal sculpting, gallery operations and 20 plus years in digital photography. She is Part 107 certified drone pilot for photography and video documentation and constantly interpreting her surroundings into the tangible and tactile.

Paula J Kelley
IG: @paulajkelley
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