Kelley practices imitative magic, illusion, and science. She is a photographer and intermedia artist whose work incorporates video, digital technology, performance and installation art.

Time Mapse

Photographic Time-lapse imagery

DNA Rising AND Falling

Installation made with light and human hair

Eau Claire Hybrid Bus Design Project

UWEC Art students Alison Wheeler, Jenny Johns and Luke Benson are collaborating with professors Jyl Kelley, Ned Gannon and Sooyun Im in the exterior designs of 3 new electric deisel hybrid buses that are scheduled to begin their city routes in March 2013. The project is also a collaboration with UWEC Professor Jim Boulter and the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies.


Interactive sound devices made with human hair.

Home Theatre: Big Game Hunter

This work investigates imitative magic, illusion and science in mainstream culture. “Home Theater: Big Game Hunter” features an installation of photographs and video projections involving interactive video gaming.

Pinhole Theatre

With Kelley’s Pinhole Theatre, her arena creates photographic performances that harken back to a time when photography was considered magic.

Cyborg Circus

Celebrating a character from the past; the magician, dressed in a suit and top hat, uses a camera to make “magic”. The photographer from the 19th century makes magic today.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage: A documentary video: following the path of Civil Rights in America. Featuring University of Wisconsin~Eau Claire students, staff and faculty meeting key individuals who participated in the civil rights movement in America.

Laptop Diary

Excerpts from Laptop Diary
Pinhole camera and polaroid film

Pinhole Diary

Excepts from daily pinhole journal on photographic paper

Solar Artifacts

Light sensitive cyanotype emulsion on canvas with hand applied color