Kelly Knapp


Kelly Knapp is a multidisciplinary artist, architect, and visual designer specializing in creative direction, installation art, and visuals. Her practice has varied widely from commercial architecture and interiors to multimedia installations, window display, set design, and styling. All of her experiences have strengthened her understanding of the relationship between viewer and space, both as artist & designer. Kelly graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with her Masters in Landscape Architecture and has sub-sequently worked in the field of architecture. She has also worked for Anthropologie as a display artist in both New York City and New England and has been involved in film and fashion as a set designer and creative director. Phenomenology & metaphysics particularly interest her and she could spend a lifetime studying materiality and light.


As a trained landscape architect, I approach most of the work I do through the tools and processes of architecture. The precision, the exactitude, the layering, the mapping, the materials, the interlocking nature of the work, the relation of form & viewer - this is what landscape is about, this is what architecture is about – and though the piece takes on a certain form, the form is a result of these processes.

Much of my work I consider to be drawing. Cause & Effect is a three-dimensional drawing and way of mapping that speaks to the duality between the built and the elusive, the material and the immaterial, the physical and the spiritual. The piece is created in such a way that the wooden elements are held by the tension of the string - one is supported by the other but both work together as one to create a secondary drawing reflected on the wall in shadow. This secondary drawing alludes to the elusive, the nature of the immaterial, the spiritual and the sublime.