Kelly Knight


My background is in textiles, and I worked as a production weaver for many years. The metaphors in weaving continue to impact my work today, though I have not actually woven on a loom in several years. 

I completed my MFA in 3D Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2018.

I like to work with materials that appear to contradict or resist one another: fabric and paper combined with wire, iron, plaster, for example. I began working with iron in the foundry at MassArt in 2017, and though on the surface the process seems a world apart from that of weaving fine threads into cloth, there are many parallels with these processes, including the element of community. 

I reject the term “found object” as it relates to my work. This term implies haphazardness and chance, but the pre-existing objects I use - lipsticks, pins, clothing, etc - are carefully and intentionally sourced. So I use the term “sourced objects” when referring to such.

I work in both 2 and 3 dimensional formats. I find I work best when I can shift back and forth from one work-in-progress to another. It helps with my thought process. 

Themes in my work include ancestry; the "roles" and communities of women in past and current societies; and the residue (seen and unseen) of human life in buildings and built spaces. I am interested in the layers - literal and conceptual - of things.

I currently live and work in Providence, Rhode Island. I regularly post new and in-progress work to my Instagram account, and I update this site about once a month.