Monthly Archives: April 2005

Kim Hamblin & Jamee Linton

Kim Hamblin, Mixed media wall art  & Jamee Linton, Mixed media dress forms
Reception:  Thursday, April 28, 6-9 pm
Show runs:  April 28-May 24

“Dainty Daisy” paper, paint, nails on wood
        Kim Hamblin’s wall art is a unique mixture of materials.  Paper, paint, metal and lot’s of nails.  In fact one piece alone has over 1000 small nails hammered into it.  The nails not only hold down painted paper cutouts, but also form designs within the piece.  In “Dainty Daisy” a woman is pictured smelling a bouquet of daisies.  A large nail outline of a daisy is superimposed over her face. Hamblin calls this technique embroidering with nails.  The show’s theme concerns an ironic and sarcastic view of women as seen through the eyes of the media and society. She views the dichotomy of woman as both soft and hard, as evidenced in her choice of materials.  “I am fascinated with the material aspects of womanhood; the way in which our bodies effect our sense of self and how our bodies are both connected to, and yet distinct from, our minds.”

        Jamee Linton will be presenting mixed media dress sculptures.  Using a variety of materials, from clay and resin for the bodice to wire and sticks for the skirts, her artwork mimics the image of a dress form. Linton is attracted the concept of a dress shape because it allows her to explore and reveal characteristics of who we are. To quote Linton “The dress form personifies the abstract idea of change and becomes a metaphor for identity.” In one of her pieces, entitled “Mother”, a bodice made of glazed clay is set upon a skirt of twigs, suggesting the fertility and nurturing instinct a mother.  In another, the skirt is made of netting, which floats over a wire birdcage, with a key suspended inside.  The torso is plaster with a rust patina created to suggest time progression.  While several of the forms will be life size, the majority of sculptures range from one to two
feet tall.

“Mother” mixed media