"Sewn metal", sounds like an oxymoron, but it's an effective, unexpected, junk-yard method of assemblage, scraps, and squares of metal punched with holes and stitched with twists of wire. Sculpture is wall mounted and is from my "shock and awe world circus" series.
ART MEDIA: visual artist/ sewn metal sculptureNUMBER OF YEARS INVOLVED WITH ART FORM: 20+ yearsTECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS: My sculpture is wall mounted. I use a combination of materials: recycled aluminum metal, wire, and paint. I incorporate many fabric techniques with these materials.ART EDUCATION/TRAINING:1971-74 Alfred University Art School, Alfred, NY. 1986 and 1987 New England Artist Training Project training for artists to work with special needs people. 1990-present, self taught computer graphics.ORGANIZATIONS: 1976 state juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. 1984-present, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Arts in Education program. 1986 and 1987, New England Artists Training Project residencies.RECENT EXHIBITIONS: 1994 two-person exhibition titled OUT OF SIGHT at New England College Gallery in Henniker, NH.1996 one person exhibition titled, TOOLS TO REPAIR THE PLANET, N.W. Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH.1997 two-person exhibition, AVA Main Gallery, Lebanon, NH.1998 one-person exhibition titled, HOME IMPROVEMENTS/ thought provoking shelves, doors, and repair tools, Davidson & Daughters Contemporary Art Gallery, Portland, Maine.1999 two-person exhibition titled, SCULPTURE WITH AN ATTITUDE, Gibbs Gallery, Arlington, MA.one person exhibition titled, aluminum icons, Davidson & Daughters Gallery, Portland, ME. May 11- June 5, 19992000 two-person exhibition, The Society of Arts and Crafts, 101 Arch St./34 Summer St., Boston, MA.and Davidson & Daughters/ Tin Ears and Feet of Clay2001 small group exhibition titled, Not So Still Life: Animated Alchemy in Contemporary Art, Yo Gallery, Manchester, NH2002 The Firehouse Gallery,The Day We Saw the Edge of the Earth:Artists respond to 9/11/02 Damariscotta, ME2003 one-person exhibition titled, from twisted metal at the Galletly Gallery, New Hampton, NH.George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME; Momentum; GPCF finalist exhibitionEdwards Gallery, two-person exhibition titled, Bad Girls, Holderness, NH.GRANTS:1990 Papoutsy Arts Venture Fund of the Greater Portsmouth Community Foundation, grant recipient.1998 NH State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship.2002 Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation Artist Advancement Grant, finalistArtist statementFor 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://www.worldpath.net/~kimmarty/gallery.htm) of my sculpture thanks to a NH State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship received in 1998. I also take time every year to work as, artist in residence, in New Hampshire's schools. For the past nine 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 Madonna and Martha Stewart. 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 candidate as in my new series of wall altars and aluminum totems to the "bad girls" of life, fictitious or otherwise.The idea for the series came when my friend Jane Kaufmann and I were asked by Franz Nicolay, gallery director of Edwards Gallery, to exhibit our work. Jane came up with the title "Bad Girls" and my series grew out of an exploration of that label. From a personal level, it is a label that I have experienced throughout my art careers. I believe my job an artist is to create art that effects people in a way that makes our world a better place. Yet, in reaching for this ideal some have though me to be "bad" because I have made controversial images. My naughtiest moment was putting Ann Frank together with Adolf Hitler in a sculpture titled, "in the garden with Ann and Adolf." That conversation really rocked some folks comfort level and even got censored.I hope this series makes you laugh, smile, ponder, and not always color between the lines. Thanks to all the "bad girls" who inspire me, were really very good for the world, and to those evil ones giving us contrast to know what good actually is.