Orr’s faces of in­spi­ra­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly life -

Orr took her own leap of faith in March when she quit her gov­ern­ment job to prac­tise art full-time at her Su­bi­aco stu­dio.

The 27-year-old grad­u­ated from Curtin Univer­sity in 2009 with a de­sign de­gree but said she soon be­came side­tracked earn­ing money rather than fol­low­ing her true pas­sion.

“My job was great and ev­ery­thing was good but then I kept dream­ing about art all the time,” Orr said.

“My lunch­breaks were spent on In­sta­gram look­ing at other artist’s works and then I’d get home and paint in the evenings and on Sun­days.

“But there’s just not enough time af­ter a full work­ing week; I felt like now was the best time to jump in and fo­cus on my art.”

Orr’s ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes portraits of theatre di­rec­tor Adam Mitchell, gourmet meal-kit com­pany This Lit­tle Pig Went to Mar­ket own­ers Kather­ine Roberts and Jes­sica Kerr, pho­tog­ra­pher Matsu, ac­tor and di­rec­tor Matt Lovkis and artist Rachelle Dust­ing.

“They’re all peo­ple who I find in­spir­ing and in­ter­est­ing; they all have in­ter­est­ing sto­ries,” Orr said.

“I’ve sat down with each per­son and taken pho­to­graphs of them but also chat­ted for a few hours to get to know what they’re like.

“Ev­ery por­trait re­flects an el­e­ment of that per­son’s ex­pe­ri­ence in their ca­reer which is some­thing I’ve ei­ther un­der­stood or con­nected with as well.

“It’s not of­ten that you get to meet some­one and then sit down with them for three hours and grill them about their life.

“I’ve learnt heaps about how other peo­ple han­dle their ca­reers and how they make them work.”

Orr said she chose to ex­hibit at Be­yond Art Gallery for its un­con­ven­tional space; it is a skate park, grungy and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of youth.

Higher Ground opens 6-8pm on Fri­day, Au­gust 5, with view­ing by ap­point­ment un­til Septem­ber 4.

Book­ings can be made www.face­book.com/kel­lie.orr.art. at

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d457326

Kel­lie Orr with her work.

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