Kelly Parisi Castro
I am interested in natural systems, theories of beauty and the evolution of our total environment, i.e., people, places and things. I use photography and video to rearrange images of water, suggesting chaotic or fractal scenarios as I abstractly map our human footprint upon the seas. Video is an amazing medium in which one minute in time can contain eons. Even though it is seen on a screen, video is without borders and can be delivered to anyone anywhere. It has completely changed the face of art. My awareness of plastics pollution in our oceans, and specifically: the situation in the five gyres, the ’round the clock plastics party playing live, our threatened marine populations, and climate change are all issues that have focused my work. I am ever curious about how something came to be. The evolution of art and artists fascinates me. In our recent history, artists were perceived as rather solitary members of small, eccentric groups largely disengaged from the world — and today there remains a thread of that narrative. But globalization combined with the extreme state of the planet has changed the picture. Many artists, including myself, in addition to working solo now regularly team with other artists, scientists, writers, entrepreneurs, etc. to co-create on ideas and projects that can be broader, smarter and more evolutionary to the planet as a whole. This approach allows for faster experimentation, and that alone is a big leap.
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Drawing, 1981
M.F.A., Spalding University, Writing – Fiction, 2003