Kelly McGovern is a multi-media artist. Her work examines loss by searching for new meaning in the passing scenery captured in her photographs paired with decontextualized text and imagery photocopied out of books and magazines. Her performance work incorporates music and song while examining physical trauma in hopes of creating awareness and a space wherein the viewers can feel less alone in their own personal experiences. At times, these visual references paint moments of hope beyond despair, at others, they reflect failure despite effort.
She has shown nationally in several major cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, and Portland Oregon, She has exhibited internationally in Hereford, UK and her work resides in a permanent collection in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received her MFA from the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She currently works and teaches at a makerspace in Philadelphia.