Work of the Week: Well Heeled

Date: Mar 21, 2018

The Work of the Week for March 19 - 26, 2018  is Well Heeled by Kim Bruce. Click the arrows beside the image above to see an alternate view.

This cast encaustic sculpture is an example of a large body of work included in the Heels Series. The  artist, Kim Bruce, speaks of this series and the use of pins in her work:

Pins are thought to be feminine objects yet they are hard, straight and sharp but used with soft, flexible and warm fabrics. These opposing forces form the foundation of my work. I seek to unveil natural beauty and create sculptures that provoke musings about the state of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Pins and needles have shaped work in both my figurative and portrait sculptures; I now carry that examination further into the study of stiletto shoes. 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.

I am a visual problem solver who invites the challenges of working with incongruous materials; this often leading to new and exciting processes that investigate bittersweet contradictions concerning life’s fragility.

Kim Bruce lives and works in her home-based studio in the foothills community of Redwood Meadows, Alberta. She is a multimedia visual artist working mostly in sculpture. Her work has been included regularly in shows with Alberta galleries, and she has participated in shows in North America and Europe.

In 2013 her experimental shoe designs were included in the Starker Auftritt! Stepping into the Limelight! Exhibition at the GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig, Germany.

Throughout March 2018, we featured artwork acquired in 2017 from the Art Acquisitions by Application (AAA) program. See an overview of all artwork acquired in 2017 through AAA. AAA is designed to acquire contemporary works of art by any eligible Alberta artist. The annual deadline is April 1st. View application guidelines.

Learn more about the artist through her website, or see more of her work in our collection through the AFA Virtual Museum.

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