The Art of Collaboration with KeFe | KQED Arts

The Art of Collaboration with KeFe | KQED Arts


(drum music) – [Kelly] This is Ferris. He’s an artist. – [Ferris] This is Kelly
and she is an artist. – [Kelly] And together we’re KEFE. (instrumental music) – My work is funny. – My work is colorful. – [Ferris] Colorful. – [Kelly] Loose. – [Ferris] And playful. – [Kelly] And refined at the same time. The interesting thing about
Ferris and I working together is we both work in characters. – [Ferri] Hey, Kelly. What are you doing? – [Kelly] Oh, hey, what’s up sweetie? – [Ferris] We think of these
characters as real people, as we’re creating them. One of our common bonds is that we both want to make our characters
happy, comfortable, have awesome outfits on, and basically enjoy each other’s company. – [Kelly] The characters
we bring into the work are somewhat autobiographical. I think we both have always done that. I would like to say our work
is very technique based. We do a lot of experimentation
in terms of materials. In order to get to the same visual space, we kind of use the same
brushes, the same paints, the same almost techniques. – [Ferris] Collaboration. Collaboration. Collaboration. Collaboration. – [Kelly] Collaborating is good for … – [Ferris] Colors, technique. There’s just so many
reasons why collaborating is a great idea. It helps you grow personally as an artist. – [Kelly] When we are
talking about collaboration, there are no rules. – [Ferris] She’ll scribble
on a piece of my paper, “oh, I had this idea last night”. – [Kelly] We do this weird super organizational structure, and then super free form. I think a bigger structure is really key: so, where is it going, why is it going there? Who are you and what story
are we trying to tell? (instrumental music) – [Ferris] When she met
me, I was using white out for paint and Sharpies for line. – [Kelly] I think the day when I found these little tiny brushes and I gave him these little tiny brushes, his work totally changed entirely. – [Ferris] I definitely was
curious about trying other stuff, and our studio was an
environment where I was allowed to just play and
check everything out. – [Kelly] In many ways, we are students and teachers of each other. When I get stuck, I can
just hand it over to Ferris, and see what he brings
back to the conversation. The paintings are really big conversations between Ferris and I. – [Ferris] When you’re making
art with somebody else, you become something else — yourself — and that person becomes something else, and your work becomes that third person, so just kind of feed that
third person I think. (instrumental music)

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