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Fox and Elephant

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Claire Kelly

Rhode Island-based artist Claire Kelly uses glass to explore the connection between animals and their relationship to our world and environment. In her sculptures, she poses adorable, toy-like animals on globular surfaces, making a point about the innocence of childhood and the fragility of our planet.

“We live in a time when our smallest decisions can affect our environment in unpredictable ways… My body of work examines the relationships we have with animals and their larger presence in our world and the current environment. The result is a series of fantastical microcosms, which bring a consciousness and introspection to their decorative appeal. These glass sculptures tell and reveal a story about the fragility and preservation, within these small worlds, where the animals dwell, while presenting their role in the grander scheme of life.”

– Claire Kelly

Kelly’s recent work has mainly focused on elephants because of their dual roles as beloved childhood toy and perilously-threatened species. And sales of her work help support the African Wildlife Foundation

You can enjoy all of Claire Kelly’s work on her website and on Instagram. You can also learn more about the African Wildlife Foundation on their website.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “Fox and Elephant

  1. They are all cute, but I will pass on buying one. Hal

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  2. I do love elephants and these are just the cutest. The fox is pretty neat too.

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  3. These pieces are wonderfully whimsical and meaningful! I am quite a fan of the giraffe and fox in the life boat and plan to spend some time scrolling through her Insta to see if I can find the life boat series (if I understood her correctly that piece was the first of a series).

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  4. These are wonderful! I love that they are whimsical but that the focus on shape/form also makes them elegant. I would definitely give shelf space to these. Let’s add a whole menagerie of them to our gallery.

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