Kiley Ames



Kiley Ames lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA. She received her BA in History from UCLA, a BFA from Art Center College of Design and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Ames has been awarded residencies in Beijing and Shanghai as well as Leipzig, Germany. She is the recipient of multiple grants including the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. In addition to her own studio practice, she freelances at Annie Leibovitz Studio.  Recent exhibitions include In the Labyrinth, New York University Kimmel Galleries, It Figures: The Body in Art, Arc Gallery, Chicago ILL; States of Reality, Gallery 66, Cold Springs, NY, and Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York. In 2018, Ames will have her first international solo exhibit in Cape Town, South Africa and her first museum exhibition at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C.

silence is accurate kiley ames

B.1976 in Connecticut, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
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My paintings and sculptures combine elements of existing in a state of reality with cohesion and connectedness, to the precariousness and imbalance within ones own self and in relation to others. I want my work to reflect both an emotional intimacy and instability where images vary between subtle and intense, confrontational and restrained, elegant and raw. Much of my work is formed from how I view fragmentation and fragments; defined as “isolated and incomplete parts of something.” Individual and the human collective histories are fragments of information and experiences pieced together. These fragments can be edited, re-written, omitted, and re-interpreted to simultaneously create our own perception of reality. Because of this, I view fragments as the ceaseless amount of ideas and emotions in which people originate and through which relationships are formed. Some pieces come together easily, some overlap creating layer after layer of complexity, while others pieces break apart. While the complexity of fragments creates instability, it is precisely this fragmentation that allows for new and endless possibilities and concepts to emerge.