Artist: Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell is an American artist. She is best known for her photographs that are digitally altered to depict herself in various relationships and situations.

Connell’s photographs consist of multiple versions of her, portraying intimate scenes that challenge ideas of self and sexuality. The interpersonal relationships she depicts are relatable and thought-provoking. She mentions that she not only reflects on her own ideas of social constructs, but that she is interested in how her images evoke the viewer’s perceptions of them as well.

Kelli Connell’s photographs are fascinating. By taking a domestic situation and using herself as every subject, the significance of the interaction is changed. As I went through her work, I found myself considering my feelings, thoughts, and ideas of myself and my relationships with other people. Her images remind me of popular phrases about self care; “nobody knows you as well as you know yourself”, “you can’t love others until you learn to love yourself”, or “I am my own best friend”.

There is a sense of beauty and power in her images. It feels as though she has allowed me to observe very personal and private pieces of herself through her photographs. Out of all the artists we’ve discussed so far, her work has affected me the most.

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