©Henry Taylor, 2013

©Henry Taylor, 2013

Kelsey Shwetz is a Canadian-born painter.  She makes largely figurative work that’s concerned with the female gaze, intimacy, and obsession. Her work to date has operated on a large scale and has almost solely depicted bodies of friends and lovers, distorting private emotions and intimate interactions by recording and isolating them and then presenting them on a monumental scale and often out of context. The figures in her work are emotionally engaged but are often floating on top of a space they may have plausibly inhabited, and are often at odds with their backgrounds. Shwetz creates work that holds multiple moods and experiences simultaneously, such as pleasure, exploration, boredom, regret, indulgence and discomfort. Her current body of work tracks and bears witness to a female figure as she moves through an imagined landscape. Each canvas articulates part of an origin story, mapping out zones of the world and recording the figure’s experience of and interaction with her surroundings. The relationship the central figure has with her surroundings and other characters or objects often changes across paintings which calls the viewer to imagine her machinations that must occur out of view and in between paintings. Shwetz was represented by Christopher Stout Gallery New York from 2015-17 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.