Conor Keeling is a Chicago based artist, designer and maker. He creates sculptural objects and furniture that encourage curiosity and care. His pieces are often experimental and incorporate bent-wood and stack lamination to produce organic forms.
Conor received a BFA in product design from Columbia College Chicago in 2017. After a few years working as a fabricator, he started working independently out of a shared studio space in 2019, where he develops custom furniture and objects. Recently, Conor began teaching woodworking classes at CIADC.
“My work is informed by a passion for understanding the natural world and our connection with it. I strive to make things that feel as if they continue to live and grow; as if they spontaneously came into existence through a will of their own. I think this impulse is why I was drawn to woodworking, because wood itself is a natural material that truly never ceases to be alive. In a subtle way, it is always in motion. I always try to capture this dynamic quality.”
- Chicago, IL
- Professional Status
- Furniture / object designer