Steve Kelley Turns One Man's Junk Into The Most Unusual, Imaginative & Fun Creations
Steve Kelley is a guy who would have a field day with your stuff. He would see an old drill or eggbeater, wheels from a rusted wagon, a box of unused clothespins, pieces of wood or metal from large, once useful machines and turn it all into a magic act.
It may all go back to the third-grader whose dad put him together with a bar of ivory soap and a paring knife, brought home boxes of old car parts that Steve took apart and put together in an entertaining and Rube Goldberg fashion.
As you might deduct, Steve never begins a piece with a specific idea, or “direction or finished result in mind”. For him, it’s ‘simple’: He views a bunch of parts and starts selecting one after another. Never knows where it’s going until it’s done. It’s also a creative release, allowing him to “let go of life’s tensions, knowing I’m using a skill I can take no credit for”, and which he finds quite “humbling”.
What he hopes to accomplish? To put something in the hands of someone who will enjoy it as much as he enjoyed creating it. “I want them to touch it every time they walk by it.” He alludes to the owner of one of his pieces whom he says “starts every day with a cup of coffee and a spin of the wheel on “All Around the Lake”. This “delights” Steve. If people tell him they wish they could do that, he would be “delighted” to tell them: “you can do all things through God—you just have to put your hands and heart to the task.”
You may contact Steve via email: [email protected] com or by phone: 615.336.9940.
By Jo Mitchell