You’ve probably never heard about Kelsey Montague. Well that’s okay, pretty much no one did until a couple of days ago when pop singer Taylor Swift was passing through New York’s Nolita neighborhood spotted a pair of painted angelic wings on a wall. She stopped to take a picture of herself in front of the wings that she later published on her Instagram profile and the image immediately and viral celebrating talented Kelsey in the process. Before you know what, the art piece that Taylor took a picture at is overrun with the people who are literally standing in line to take pictures of themselves like the one Taylor took. Funny how these trends work…
Kelsey says she’s been an artist for her entire life. She’s been traveling around the world with her sister who also happens to be her best friend as well as her “partner in crime”. She mentioned that she grew up in a family with quite a few artists. Her mother was painting with watercolors while her grandfather was a painter himself as well as a jewel crafter.
Her grandfather used to depict birds in his paintings. They were obviously a representation of something very spiritual for him. She says that she spent her entire life growing up to find those birds in every painting and that she always knew that her first big scaled street art piece would be that of interactive wings. Kelsey admits that only upon its completion she realized its connection with her grandfather’s work.
Despite her previous works on adults coloring books that were published by HarperCollins and a limited edition jacket from Gap & Red, she was mostly unheard of. All of this changed when Taylor Swift decided to post a picture. Kelsey revealed that it was very inspirational and encouraging for her that an artist of Taylor Swift’s stature recognize her work so openly. She adds that street art is mostly male domain and how she would like to show to the world that females can do more than simply dwell in it but that they can actually succeed there as well.
Montague says how her work aims to provide a brief escape for people. She wants us to step into her piece, becoming a living work of art for a moment while reflecting on things that are most important for us in our lives therefore the hashtag #WhatLiftsYou.
She explains how she used to live in New York City for some time and that she is aware how depressing and hard can it be sometimes. By making people stop and think about all the important and beautiful things in their life she hopes to uplift and encourage them to stay strong and positive at all times.
Kelsey reveals how she has big plans for the year 2017 and that she’s about to launch a new line of art all over the world. I can’t wait to see what this girl will come up with next.