Dicere #2 by Mary Kelly is a silk screen print that draws from the artist’s Dicere series (2014-2018), which is comprised of unique lint works compressed through thousands of dryer cycles. The series combines images of satellite transmissions of drone targets with textual narratives based on witness accounts. Since the 1990s, Kelly’s compressed lint works have asked how to visualize, or give voice to, the unrepresentable domain of human grief and vulnerability that remains in the aftermath of war and social violence.
Dicere #2 centers on witness recounts of the US Hellfire missile attack on a wedding convoy in the Rada’a District of central Yemen, on December 12, 2015. As Kelly notes, “For me, it was the distance from the scene, the absence of faces, that underscored the violence.”
Mary Kelly is known for project-based work that addresses questions of sexuality, identity, and memory in the form of large-scale narrative installations. Recent exhibitions include retrospectives at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Whitworth, Manchester; and Ujadzdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. Her work was represented in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, as well as documenta 12. Her publications include Post-Partum Document (1983) and Imaging Desire (1996). She is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Currently, she is Judge Widney Professor, Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California.
16.5 x 12.75 inches (paper size)
12.625 x 8.75 inches (image size)
Three color silkscreen print
Edition of 50 + 5 APs