Selected Essays and Articles

Tales on the Horizon

The Arts Beacon | SMoCA
Grant Vetter

Richardson’s images make the hysteria of the present a little more bearable, and the threat of the sublime a little more comprehensible, or at least accessible to contemporary experience in a way that is on par with the very best artists from the enlightenment, romanticism, modernism and post-modernism…

Shadows from the Future

Honest Ulsterman
Carmen Victor

Kelly Richardson, a Canadian artist living and working in the northeast of England produces large-scale, cinematic videos that are associated with the 18th century notion of the sublime. Primarily through theorists such as Longinus, Edmund Burke and Kant, the idea of the sublime…


Studio International | VOID Gallery
Darran Anderson

In John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, we are presented with the age-old story of the fall of man; partially due to satanic influence, partially due to our own temptations. What saves Milton’s work from sermonising is not just his poetry, but his acute awareness of moral ambiguity and complexity…

This Island Earth

Ivan Jurakic

From idyllic Eden to environment in peril, landscape has been a continual source of inspiration to Kelly Richardson grounding her explorations in digital photography and video. Starting with her earliest appropriations of horror movie landscapes in the Supernatural Series (2001-2004)…


Photomonitor | Towner
Paul Carey-Kent

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek criticises the liberal view of ecology as something harmonious which we threaten to disturb through our effect on the environment. He does so on the grounds that nature has always contained a great deal of destruction and it makes little sense…

Kelly Richardson

Lauren Dyer Amazeen

Kelly Richardson’s uncannily evocative works are as haunting as they are beautiful. The UK-based Canadian artist works meticulously with advanced digital technology, interwoven with dramatic natural wilderness landscapes, to construct intricate imagery that projects a dystopian future in which shadowy technological developments…

Legion, Mariner 9, Orion Tide

Journal for Wild Culture
Tom Jeffreys

If the stillness instilled in a landscape suggests a sense of permanence, then it’s an impression subtly strengthened by the presence of the sea. As scattered children play on the wide expanse of sand at Whitley Bay, a scrap of wrapper flits raggedly by, and the sea stretches out, blue-grey towards the distant sun…


Artpace San Antonio
Heather Pessanti

The metamorphic potential of art to transform space can render it a sublime physical and perceptive experience.  Such altered worlds can be found in the melancholic terrains of Kelly Richardson, whose projected video installations channel exterior and interior landscapes into a new experiential space…

Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9

Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy
Hans Rainer Sepp

This phenomenological analysis of the video installation Mariner 9 made by the Canadian artist Kelly Richardson in 2012 will gain a basic concept of the virtual. It will be realized by three preparing steps and a final conclusion. First, it will be shown in which way the experiencing of Richardson’s…