this series of paintings, Spirit
I explore the idea of land, memory, and connection through
expressive, abstracted landscapes. A majority of the works focus on
tree-like imagery, conveying mood through the use of expressive lines
(created by oil bars), quick and deliberate brushstrokes, bold
colors, and implied light. The subject matter becomes secondary to
the use of line, color, texture, value, and light, allowing different
degrees of expression and abstraction. Variations of light in these
works are used to reinforce mood, symbolizing a spiritual connection
to place, referring to its distinctive or cherished aspects, or
referencing the intangible energy and/or Spirit of a place (or soul).
The landscape imagery, referencing spirit, memory, and passage of
time are meant to be both haunting and celebratory.
O’Dell-Keim is a professional artist formally trained in painting.
The Union, SC native received a BFA from Converse College and a MFA
from Clemson University.
has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the South. Recent
exhibitions include Altered
located at The Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC; Spartanburg
County Library 4th Annual Juried Competition
(Third Place); Spirit
a two person exhibition featured the West Main Artists Cooperative,
Spartanburg, SC; A
USC Upstate Faculty Exhibition; M/A/M/A
invitational), The Arts Center, Clemson, SC; The
(2 person exhibition) at the Artists' Guild Gallery, Spartanburg, SC;
a solo exhibit at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and
Humanities, Greenville, SC; Upstate
The Greenville County Museum of Art; and the Faculty Exhibition at
Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
work experiences include an Adjunct Professorship at USC Upstate and
Converse College, both located in Spartanburg, SC. Other recent work
experiences include a one-year faculty position at the SC Governor’s
School for the Arts and Humanities (residential High school),
Visiting Artist and Milliken Gallery Director for Converse College,
and Adjunct Professor for Wofford College. She is an active and
founding member of the West Main Artists' Co-op, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in the
is living and working in Spartanburg, SC. She is married to Scott
Keim and has two sons, Jake and Bryce.
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