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Shelley O'Keefe



Pen & Ink on Paper

30 x 40cm


Our lives and all the factors influencing our lives are in a constant state of flux. This alteration from certainty to uncertainty has sharply been brought to focus with Covid 19 and is part of the transitional process where we do not know the outcome.



Collage on Paper

90 x 70cm


I was searching for a motif depicting a kind of visceral ‘rawness’. I created a number of these during my 2020 Gallery Lane Cove residency when working on gender identity and rebirth.



Collage on Paper

43 x 30cm


From Girl to Motherhood, an exploration in expectations, where gender marks the female rite of passage. This is the earliest collage in the series but the most resolved from a visual perspective. Made during my 2020 Gallery Lane Cove residency when working on gender identity.

Mindscape II 


Oil on Canvas

65 x 65cm


Sunlight and shadows. This image was painted to evoke transience, where anything and everything changes. I think we always have the potential to change as we navigate and reflect these experiences, so transforming ourselves is always an ongoing process.

Artist biography

Before moving to Bellingen Shelley studied Fine Arts at the University of Sydney and taught art in Sydney Secondary schools. She was a regular exhibitor at the Harrington Street Gallery in Sydney.


Shelley has been active in NSW regional arts since 2009, exhibiting in and organising local community art events. She is a Board member of Arts Mid North Coast which looks at strategically developing arts and culture in the area.


In 2018 and 2019 Shelley spent 6 months in Berlin as part of the TAKT Residency program, participating in two group exhibitions at the Tapir gallery, Berlin.

Instagram @shelleyokeefe1

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