These figures are multiple castings from an original clay sculpture from which a rubber mold was created. Plied with or cast with found objects and materials, carved into, melted with a blowtorch, even recast. Some are wall mounted while others are on stands.
This work builds on my current methods of creating sculptures which utilize silicone rubber molds for multiple casting. Once casting begins I work in the moment usually with an initial thought or idea and remain open to what happens.
There has always been an ecological aspect in my work, although I am not a landscape painter in the traditional sense. Living and working in the foothills of Alberta, and being on the edge of the wilderness; surrounded by the natural beauty and tranquility; is the catalyst that reveals the links between my internal and external landscape.
This work is a study in layers and composition either three dimensionally or two. It is composed of numerous parts and various processes and involves an assortment of alterations and evolutions. The actual process of creating weighs heavily in the work and has imparted an unconventional approach and a crossover of my creative sensibilities.
All Items are framed, 10" x 10" and $350 each
Kim Henigman Bruce believes that the message of art is more important than the medium from which it is created. However, it is through the materiality of her objects that her message is conveyed.
Kim is a sculptor who uses materials from distinctly different sources. By juxtaposing these materials with a beeswax or encaustic foundation she is free to manipulate, at will, until the piece finds its voice. Kim says that this malleability is instrumental in her process.
Kim is drawn to subjective statements and open-ended interpretation which allows others to bring their own experiences to Kim’s artwork.
Kim Henigman Bruce says…
My work is full of visual puns, double entendre, symbolism and satire. It references the dichotomy of my early life expectations to conform to a traditional woman’s role, when in fact, reality for me, was the need to be self-sufficient and support myself as an entrepreneur and business owner. These contradictions allow me to expose my private self through veiled metaphor creating objects significant beyond function. The underlying message – the essence of my work – speaks to the roles and rights of girls and women.