Hey there, I’m Kelly Meyer. I was born in rural Minnesota in 1978. After completing high school I obtained my practical nursing diploma before enrolling at St Cloud State University Fine Arts Department where I received my BFA in Painting in 2004. Between the demands of work and motherhood, I began to explore embroidery, finding it to be a more conducive and portable medium to my busy life. Its slow pace was not only meditative, but the sense of irony such a traditional “woman’s craft” brought to my work was intoxicating. If I was forced to choose between the immediacy of painting and the slow, methodical approach of embroidery, I don’t think I could. Much like my inner self, my artwork swings between extremes; from the pleasure of a brush gliding across paper laying down large blocks of color to the slow, carefully placed needle piercing, then pulling through fabric. Some pieces require the exorcising of ideas with immediacy, yet other times the best way to express the importance of the piece is by laying down a thousand stitches. Stepping away from the medical field in 2018 brought me into the deafblind community working alongside students with complex needs and alternative forms of communication. My painted work shows glimpses of this in the use of American Sign Language, the emphasis on texture and the sense of touch. Smitten with this new world I have begun to explore the idea of creating more touchable, tactile art. Seeing a lack of opportunity to interact with the arts during my work with deafblind students has driven the desire of bringing artwork to the hands of people; not just creating more inclusive and accessible artwork for those with visual impairments, but engaging all viewers through the powerful sense of touch. In 2020 I was blessed to receive an Artist Career Development Grant through the Jerome Foundation to explore this path and I am currently working on a new body of work. You can follow this journey on my Instagram.