Jail Flowers – New Smoke Drawing series (Dec 2019)

As featured in The Narrow and exhibited at The Hardback Cafe and SL8 Gallery in Gainesville, Florida.

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This new series depicts the penal system in jungly Gainesville Florida and features stories from women formally incarcerated at Lowell Prison – the largest women’s prison in the country – as published in local Art and Culture magazine The Fine Print.

The drawings are named after the woman whose story I cut up and used in each piece.


*low res phone pics taken at the SL8 Gallery show on 1/26, please excuse the poor quality



Amanda Hunter_smoke drawing

Amanda Hunter*


Cory Carter_smoke drawing

Cory Carter


Crystal Chrisholm_smoke drawing

Crystal Chrisholm


jail flowers_smoke drawing_diadenis

Diadenis Suarez


Jennifer Pinkney_smoke drawing

Jennifer Pinkney*


Kelly Rowland_smoke drawing

Kelly Rowland*


Jail flowers_smoke drawing_Gwen Staples

Gwen Staples


Tracy Golly_smoke drawing

Tracy Golly


Debra Bennett_smoke drawing

Debra Bennett*


Tammy Seely_smoke drawing

Tammy Seely*


Pictures from SL8 Gallery show:






performance by Eddie Emerson



Friend Marvo checking it out


Performance by James Wesson & Steve – Steve’s Mouth Songs

Steve's Mouth Songs


And even though I actually looked gallery appropriate for once (knee-length black skirt and cropped short sleeve black shirt with nice heeled black clogs) and had a good hair day, there aren’t any pictures of me haha. I was too busy drinking wine and taking photos of my friends/artistic collaborators 🙂 So just imagine how awesome and happy I looked in front of these minimalist smoke drawings in this amazing gallery space. Thanks for much to SL8 and Gerard (and Michael Garvin who orchestrated the whole thing) for letting me do this pop-up after the pieces spent two months at The Hardback Cafe. The ones with the asterisks are still for sale! $150 OBO


About kelleybrannonprojects

From 2012, new 'About' coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this nostalgia from my life five years ago: I am an artist, writer, researcher, filmmaker, photographer, playwright, actor, and director in Ridgewood, Queens. I know that might seem like a lot of things to be so I should say I experiment in a variety of disciplines and mediums; concepts and absurdities. I studied in The Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. I moved to the area in June 2010 after graduating. CURRENT PROJECTS: Since moving to NYC I've been feeling pulled back to my first loves: writing and theater; and the surreal, emotional, and abstract. I am also very involved with radical politics and I'm particularly interested in blending internal and external structures. I wrote a semi-surreal one act play called "The Rootless: A Play About America" last year which divulged the madness of capitalism and was performed at The Producer's Club with Love Creek Productions. I recently wrote another one act play called "The Thousand Lives of a Nomad" which is a story about the task, escape, and intrigue of continually making new lives in different places. The story is told through the lens of a 33 year-old woman originally from Finland and now residing in Brooklyn. It's staged to be a "live animation" of sorts and, personally I think it's both funny and thoughtful. On-going projects include a constant evolving series of smoke drawings, a documentary about the business behind social media and Facebook; hope of rekindling my love affair with large format photography, and a perpetual mid-life crisis...
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