Kellie’s work focuses on issues specifically associated with mental health, as well as the concepts of recovery and survivorship. Motivated by her direct personal experiences, she embraces the controversial subject matter of mental illness as she investigates the problematic place it holds in society. Gillespie uses her work to advocate for the destigmatization of mental health and works to break the negative connotations surrounding mental illness. Her work promotes the normalization of mental health and the sharing of one’s own story, allowing others to reach out and finally have a chance to talk about their experiences.
“Connected” explores the power in even the smallest of influences and their potential to unite into something much greater than their individual voices. Fabricated out of thousands of fused nails, this sculpture embraces our connections and recognizes the worth of each individual, as well as our collective.