Kirk Fanelly's Botanicals

Explore Online through December 12

Until the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closing of the Garden and thousands of other cultural institutions around the world, the Garden had been working with Charlotte Artist Kirk Fanelly to produce an exhibition of his inlaid cut paper work. With the live exhibit cancelled the Garden worked with Kirk to produce a show online.

About Kirk Fanelly
Kirk Fanelly currently lives and works in Charlotte—his native city. He received a BA from Brown University. His studio studies were split between Brown University and RISD painting & illustration departments. Kirk's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the Eastern United States including: Davidson College, SECCA, Appalachian State, Winthrop University and Artspace. His inlaid cut paper botanical series was exhibited in 2019 at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. His work is in numerous private collections across the world. Kirk has been the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Grant, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Fellowship and Yale Norfolk Fellowship.

Artist Statement
Botanicals as series work began in 2017 as a challenge and needed respite from painting human narratives. I began the series by frequently visiting and photographing The Elizabeth Lawrence Home & Garden (5 minutes from me)—where something is always in bloom, decay or dormancy. Most of this work is rooted there. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Exhibition also features a few new pieces including a 'Pandemic Still Life' work in progress that was inspired by a trip to Belmont during the shutdown. All works are inlaid cut paper. The papers used are tinted with paint, scalpel cut, inlaid (forming one layer like a mosaic) and adhered to a panel using reversible PVA glue.

Above is a study (a drawing) for "Pandemic Still Life" that will become an inlaid cut paper work.
Above is a study (a drawing) for "Pandemic Still Life" that will become an inlaid cut paper work.