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Meet Kaylee Hennessey in Fenway

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaylee Hennessey.

Kaylee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started creating at a very young age, and I feel very lucky to have had parents that encouraged my brother and I to be creative people. I knew that an artistic path would be the most emotionally immersive path I could take. I think I’ve been able to achieve that in my current studies, and through exploration was able to stumble into curation and gallery practices. In terms of my physical work, I started with painting but found myself becoming so obsessively meticulous with the process that I would be disappointed with the way it turned out. Through a papermaking elective, I was able to explore the fibers major and have since been working mainly with handmade paper and abstract crochet and knit sculptures.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a smooth road, my only hindrances have been my own confidence in my work but I’ve been able to work on that. 

Please tell us about Kaylee Hennessey.
Being a student, I definitely find any and every way to do what I can to get my name out there so I can further establish myself. I recently fell in love with gallery practices and have been able to get experience in curation and work closely with preparators. I’m experienced with art installation and always consider establishing a good relationship with the artists I have the privilege of working with.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have been more confident in myself. I’m very happy with my current path, but my mindset definitely needed more work at points. Going into art school, I was constantly concerned with my work ethic and skills. Once I became part of the MassArt community, it came much easier to me. People have such a stigma of the “starving artist,” which has been in the back of my mind since I started school, but I believe that if you really want to make it work you can.

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