|For more than 20 years, I have been making sculpture. Incorporating many fabric techniques, I now use recycled metal, wire, wood, canvas, and paint, to create sewn metal sculptures about pollution, habitat loss, complacency, human rights, extinction, and many other environmental and political issues. My work has been part of collaborative shows, and one person exhibitions. I maintain a cyber gallery (http://personalpages.tds.net/~kimmarty/gallery.htm) of my sculpture thanks to a NH State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship received in 1998.
In 1993, an accepted collaborative proposal submitted to Inez McDermott, then director of New England College Gallery, Henniker, NH, resulted in a significant change in my direction as an artist and the materials I use. The proposal gave me an opportunity to collaborate with another artist, to explore new materials, and to exhibit the year's work at the gallery.
The years exploration focused on the tradition of ritual art forms that had relevance to my work as a visual artist. I was drawn to these forms because of the different orientation that they have from most western art, and that they are often incorporated into rituals that are used to "reawaken," to remind us of an invisible, yet universal, pathway uniting and connecting all people with the earth and all its life forms. It was during this collaboration that I began experimenting with metal. Prior to this time my sculpture had been constructed of fiber.
For the past ten years I have pieced together with metal stitches my sculpture. In some places the stitching resembles medical sutures and in others it copies the simple line stitch used in cloth embroidery. My world of tin men and metal metaphors, has found its inspiration from the political landscape of the morning newspaper or by flipping through the pages of history. I use the human figure, reduced to doll-like proportions, to help the viewer relate with relative ease to larger-than-life characters like Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush. Each sculpture approximates a simple body or a miniature robot, with utensil limbs and a box-shaped frame for a head. Sometimes I insert a small, photocopied picture of my chosen candidate as in my series of wall altars and aluminum totems to modern American politics and life. These sculptures feature George W. , as bush dog ringleader leading the shock and awe circus to identify (turbulent polluted winds), hunt (caught in the cross hairs), and capture (ace in the hole) Saddam Hussein. Martha Stewart's not such a good thing moment is captured in corporate greed exhales, drawing attention to those that cook the books or don't follow by the rules. Other icons such as Michael Moore bark up the republicans tree in the passion of the moore. Meanwhile, on the back of a donkey Kerry and Edwards shout " giddy up".
From my series, Political Laundry and Social Attire, a couple of the fashion show models appear. Dick Cheney weighs in wearing cheney's heart attack gown and US Department of Interior Secretary Gale Norton models her interior norton's oily palm outfit. There are more junk yard characters waiting to parade themselves before you exposing the season's latest trends. Such subjects as the terror color code and the Iraqi prisoner scandal are defined as a little games, a naughty tricks or a small diversions, then stitched into a story about our world.