Even beer cap litter found on the side of the road gets a starring role in the mixed media art of Kerry Topjun. A native Floridian, her work draws inspiration from her life. She creates beauty from collected bits of treasure and found objects, “little orphans” in need of a home.
Kerry's artistic philosophy replicates the human journey, reminding viewers to stop and appreciate the preciousness of all things and to consider the ever-present choice to create something bigger and more beautiful.
Kerry is drawn to the unexpected: paper, rust, wood, and assorted parts and pieces, finding her inspiration by playing with elements that might not otherwise come together.
Born and raised in the coastal area around Sarasota, Florida, Kerry has always known she wanted to be an artist.
WHY DO YOU THINK FLORIDA IS FAB?
The things I most appreciate about living here are the weather, the laid back lifestyle and the natural beauty of our coastal areas. I'm a native Floridian - I was born in Bradenton, grew up on Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key, and now live in Sarasota. Florida has always felt like home to me - I've never felt like I wanted to live anywhere else.
FAVORITE FLORIDA SPOT
· Visiting the fishing village of Cortez and then eating at the Star Fish Company.
· Any coastal Florida town makes me happy: Sarasota, Bradenton, Cortez and the nearby barrier islands of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. I also really like St. Pete, Dunedin, Boca Grande, Sanibel, Captiva, and Matlacha.
FAVORITE FLORIDA PRODUCTS
Most of the made-in-Florida products I love are made by other local artists and sold at places like Found Treasures for Living in Dunedin, Brocante Vintage Market in St. Pete, and Sarasota Architectural Salvage in Sarasota.
All photographs courtesy of Kerry Topjun and kerrytopjun.com.