The grey film of dust covering things has become their best part.
-- Walter Benjamin, Dream Kitsch, 1927
Kelly McCallum's artist statement begins with the quote above. This is one of the jumping off points for her exploration of how things age -- how they decay or are preserved, are forgotten, are covered in shrouds of grime -- only to be found again and given new meanings.
McCallum resurrects antique taxidermy and preserved insects through the application of sculptural elements inspired and informed by her training in goldsmithing. She incorporates antique watch parts, parasite insects cast in gold, precious jewels, eggs and other wondrous clues to an unspoken narrative. Her work is beautifully conceived, exceptionally well crafted and beguilingly mysterious.