“Untitled (Layered Trees)” is one of two artworks sold recently at the Take 2 exhibition at Neilson Park Creative Centre, which has its closing reception this Sunday, 2–4pm. Click here for more details. (On a sidenote, the reception is also an early-bird opportunity to register in-person for spring courses!)
This photo-based mixed media piece is 8” x 8”, on a wood panel, and layers a mounted photo-digital print under an image transfer from a piece of film that I spent considerable time altering by hand before applying.
Trees are a recurring motif in my work now that began to appear regularly once I started my anatomical hearts body of work, because the tree branches are so beautifully analogous to the branching behaviour of veins and arteries. As so often happens, our inner world reflects the outer one, because branching behaviour is a fundamental design structure in nature; it's one that I have become enchanted by.
I am drawn to the relationship between branches but also to the complexity, which reflects what I experience so often in my own mind and out in the world as I navigate a profusion of sensory inputs and relational ones as well. Complexity can become overwhelming, which some artists (eg Julie Mehretu) communicate (and create) very well.
It's interesting then that for this piece I chose to concentrate on editing the complexity, leaving only small touches of it in deliberate places.
Well that’s all very nice, but none of what I said really addresses the slightly tongue-in-cheek headline I gave this post!
That headline is rooted in my realization this year that it sometimes isn't clear that my work is almost always available for sale. Some of the more unusual formats might require a little adaptation or customization for a new, permanent home, but most of my work transfers quite easily.
It’s also true that sometimes when I’ve made a lot of new work for a show or event (like a festival) I’ve worked so hard right up until the installation that I haven't had a chance to work out pricing in time for the opening. So that can be another issue, but it’s only a temporary one :-)
I’ve had enough people ask that I thought I should clear that up!
I’ll definitely be showing sneak peeks and works-in-progress on my social media channels, so keep your eye out there! Especially Instagram where you'll find me at @kimleekho.
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Have you ever bought original artwork (includes editions or multiples), or do you have a collection? If so, what inspired/inspires you to make the purchase and take it home (or office, or give to someone)? Was it a feeling, was there a sense of recognition, or something else?
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.