Moving Through by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Lois Lim • Performer: Marisa Georgiou

Photographer: Lois Lim • Performer: Marisa Georgiou


Moving Through
Performance at Flowstate • Brisbane, Australia
Saturday 27 October 7.30pm & Sunday 28 October 6.30pm 2018
Kellie O’Dempsey • Sound: Michael Dick • Performers: Saara Rappola & Marisa Georgiou
Produced by Metro Arts, South Bank Corporation 
and funded by Australia Council for the Arts

Moving Through is a spirited, site-generated image and sound performance that imagines the intermediate space between this life and the next.

Performance installation artist Kellie O’Dempsey draws on a personal tale that reveals importance of ritual when dealing with death.  Moving Through maps a guided journey of departure and brings the space to life using digital drawing and animated video projection with physical performers and sound.

Participate in a workshop where participants become creators in this multimedia exploration, or join in a discussion as O’Dempsey talks through her process of creating cinematic collage. Moving Through culminates in two stunning and visceral evening performances.

Links • Flowstate Event Page


Performance development, October 2018

Credit • Videographer and Photographer: Thomas Oliver


Dirt and Ash by Kellie O'Dempsey

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Dirt and Ash :: Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey
20 October - 2 December 2018 • Opening Night 19 October 2018
Gallery 1: The Margaret Olley Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery • Lismore, Australia
Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell • Sound: Michael Dick

Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell perform Dirt & Ash, an immersive multimedia installation about the relationship between the artist and work of art. Michael Dick (sound artist) performing on opening night.

Exhibition was opened by Dr Barbara Bolt, Professor in Contemporary Arts and Culture, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Dirt and Ash displays a dynamic exchange between two mid-career artists. Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey explore the links between artists’ bodies, ceramic sculpture and performance drawing and video, inquiring into the nature of each other’s creative processes. As works are built, stacked, re-formed and incorporated through performance and live drawing the underbelly of their creative practices is exposed.  

Sharing the material relationships of clay and charcoal the shared experience of loss and survival is uncovered (in terms of life and their creative processes). Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey dramatise their perseverant search for presence, synchronising moments in the studio as performance.

Links • CatalogueLismore Gallery website

Exhibition Images


Performance Video

Exhibition Catalogue

Credit • Photographer: Darcy Grant • Videographer: Steven Kwan


The never-ending line by Kellie O'Dempsey


Kellie O'Dempsey: The never-ending line, NGA Play at The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Saturday 16 June – 28 October 2018
NGA • Canberra, Australia

Kellie O’Dempsey invites you into her living sketchbook, an immersive space of moving marks and dancing lines. Digital projections collide with traditional drawing in a series of dynamic and colourful experiences and creative opportunities. Contribute to the unique drawing journey as you follow the never ending line to shadow puppets, 3D drawing constructions and live animation before getting into the drawing rink for an immersive drawing experience. The never-ending line investigates drawing as a way of collaboration and transformation and features sound elements composed by Michael Dick.

Links • NGA website
MediaSMH Article | City News Article

Exhibition Images



Links • NGA website
MediaSMH Article | City News Article
Credits • Videographer - Sixth Row


Ensemble by Kellie O'Dempsey

Ensemble Kellie O'Dempsey 2018

June 2018
Projection on William Jolly Bridge • Brisbane, Australia
For the Brisbane Classic Music Festival

Ensemble was originally created live during a performance featuring members of the Shanghai Chamber Ensemble. Describing two of the violinists, the dynamic and bold brush marks were a direct response to the virtuosity of the musicians playing. This drawing interprets the energy and flow of sound through a fluid and liquid application. It was a direct translation of drawing music in real time.

Photographer: Andrew Willis


Becoming Becoming by Kellie O'Dempsey

becoming becoming Kellie O'Dempsey

Becoming Becoming
13 April - 20 May 2018 • Exhibition Opening 6pm 13 April 2018
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts • Townsville, Australia
Kellie O’Dempsey • Sound – Mick Dick • Dancers – Dance North Felix Samson and Samantha Hines

Becoming Becoming is a dynamic site generated installation that explores the links between the human body, making and transformation through improvisation. Both a live performance and as an exhibition, this work maps processes of collaboration and aliveness through live drawing and collaboration. With Sound artist Michael Dick, Dance North dancers Felix Sampson and Sam Hines the gallery space is expanded through live performance and digital projection. 

Attempting to entice all those who enter Becoming Becoming is a living collage Through the flow of line, sound, color and projection an immersive engaged environment evolved.


Credits • Photographer - Angela Little