Kelly McCallum combines fine goldsmithing skills, a keen interest in Victorian taxidermy and her extensive training in art and science (MFA, Royal College of Art; BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; BFA, Rhode Island School of Design) to create her innovative, fantastic and inspiring sculptures.
Having graduated from the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewelry department at the Royal College of Art, McCallum exhibits a jeweler's interest in scale and detailing. In creating both her wearable and sculptural pieces she draws from her interest in story-telling, natural history, taxidermy, insects, precious metals and other treasures from her personal collection of oddities and natural wonders. Her work explores themes of death, decadence, decay and rebirth, as well as perceptions of preservation and disintegration. McCallum's work is set apart by the extraordinary ways in which she marries the grace of the antique taxidermy with the majestic minutiae of her details.
McCallum's work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Germany, France, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Poland, and has been displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Goldsmiths Hall, Sotheby's, Selfridges and Liberty's. Her work is held in a number of private collections worldwide.