Three Women Artists to Catch This Weekend in Fort Lauderdale

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Kim Kearney (daughter of aforementioned Jack) deals mostly in abstract representations of animals in which texture and color dominate. Her works, which often incorporate unexpected materials such as human teeth or bees (she's in good company with Matthew Brandt!), also sometimes utilize a drip technique, playing with form and ideas of how to push the realm of representation.

New Times: You relocated to Fort Lauderdale from Los Angeles a few years ago. What has that been like as an artist?
Kim Kearney: Leaving L.A. was hard, but I wanted to learn myself and my work outside of the context of Los Angeles. Being in a place that has so much overstimulation was an incredible feeling at first, but then I needed to see it clearly from its core, and mine.

Your dad is an artist, and it seems inevitable that he would influence your work. Could you talk a bit about that?
My father shaped the way I see the world. He has an incredible imagination, and he loves to tell stories. I'm trying to tell a story in everything I make, and I hope people find that in the work.

There is a lot going on in your pieces. Do you go into a painting knowing where it's going or what you want, or does it evolve throughout the process?
I approach painting with symbols, shapes, colors, and intent. There is also another force working with me or through me, and I let that guide me. I devote myself to ideas and the moment. Letting it happen is everything.

Your work is abstract but there is always a discernible subject. In the past, your paintings included a lot of animals, but what I've seen from this show includes a lot of human faces.
Faces are reflectors. The symmetry of them is a powerful tool for messages and myth. They are nurturing, sensual, and familiar. The symmetry of the face encompasses endless variations of expression and mood.

What can fans of your work expect in 2014?
2014 will be my first solo exhibition. It's 10 beds full of 80 paintings made of painted faces infused with essential oils.


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