b. 1956 Ottawa, Canada
Chippie Kennedy was born into an artistic family and was surrounded by inspiration from the very beginning.
At an early age she developed a keen interest in the presentation of the human figure and the body as a hanger, or show-piece for clothing. This led her to pursue a degree in Fashion Design from Ryerson University where she explored the movement of the body and cloth and what it presents to the viewer. Soon after she pursued a career designing on 7th Ave. in New York City. However, Ms Kennedy’s fascination with texture and movement grew stronger with time pushing her to explore the deeper qualities of the human figure and the form itself through new mediums ~ clay and bronze. After years of dressing the figure it was now time to start exploring it through sculpture. She was able to attain the knowledge and appreciation of the body’s complex internal structure through her three-years of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. This transition from cloth to clay was an absolute and natural transition.
Prior to studying sculpture in Florence Ms Kennedy attended classes at the National Academy of Art and Design and the Arts Students League in New York.
Her work has been recognized for excellence and is in private collections in the US, Canada, Mexico, Italy, France and the UK.
Although she divides her time between the US and Canada, Chippie has recently established her permanent studio in the historic Lunenburg Academy in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.