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Kathleen Reilly is a Scottish artist and metalworker. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art Silversmithing & Jewellery department in 2015 and completed her Masters in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art in 2018. She has won numerous awards and grants for her practice with work in both public and private collections. Recently Reilly was awarded the Daiwa Scholarship by the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation. She is represented by Gallery S O in London.
By writing poetry she observes and absorbs fleeting moments and unconscious actions within her every day. Key texts are chosen and abstracted to form tangible outcomes. As she associates her writings with the physical world, memories are awoken and juxtapositions formed. Reilly plays with the semiotic qualities of her objects that seemingly flux between circumstance.
Her work encompasses a broad range of technical and industrial processes, including electroforming, moulding making and die cutting, with a focus on the power of material and composition to shift entrenched understandings. Reilly reinvents the common place with elegant and often witty outcomes that can carry ambiguous functions.
Collaborating with chefs internationally she continues to provoke thought on the everyday and our rituals of the table, creating functional work of a particularly experimental kind she aims to introduce users to new social experiences when dining. She is represented by Jouwstore in Amsterdam and works closely with Steinbeisser’s Experimental Gastronomy.