Friday, February 28, 2014

Investigating the concept of Middle Aged Women + Fashion + Objectivity of Women

I'm not sure where I'm going with these photographs (digital photography this time not iPhone) but I am going to continue to explore the ideas of middle aged women, fashion and the objectivity of women. Perhaps I will show these as photos or perhaps use them as reference images for paintings I'm just not sure at this point. It started as an experiment with the idea of the corset and what women do to maintain the 'ideal' body weight and shape. Here instead of a corset I am using plastic saran wrap tightly bound around my figure to pull in any extra curves (not that I have any of course.) Taking inspiration from W Magazine fashion images, I've obscured my face with some pink tulle fabric I borrowed from Bella's clothing design supplies. Then with Andy (my husband) as my photographer I played around with different poses as I imagined myself a fashion model posing for magazine spread sheet. It was fun although a bit uncomfortable because it was hard to breath and move around in the plastic wrap.  But then again, couldn't that be said about the corsets women wore in the 16th, 17th, 18th and early 19th century? Or of the stylish (sarcasm) girdles women still wear today? This investigation is an on going one...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Emotions and Expressions (work in progress)

This is still a work in progress. It is an exploration of facial expressions and emotions. Here you see 45 images of various emotions including fear, anger, joy, surprise, discusted, and sadness. In the beginning I included my hair but as I progressed through the process I removed the hair so the expression was the sole focus. The series will be complete when I reach 60 images, however I am considering extending it to further explore the different facial expressions that fall within the six emotions. Each images is 8 x 10 in size and made with black ink, water washes and lithography paper. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Voice series

This is still a work in progress, but I wanted to post one of the several series I've been working on during the last 5 months. This series is called "Voice". I plan on doing 4 more 16 x 16 paintings to complete this series. These paintings are still in progress as I plan on going back and tweaking them all once I have the last 4 completed. Each mouth expresses a different emotion. The last one I did was the pouty mouth and I'm the most pleased with the way I painted that expression. The discussed expression on the top right is a little dark in tone so I think Iwill be lightening it up. the Frustrated expression next to it is the first painting I did and it feels a bit tight so I think I will be going back in and soften up the lines etc... These paintings could be a part of my September thesis show! More work to follow...

Saturday, February 8, 2014


iPhone Photography on Watercolor paper
Kim Putnam

The series Steam began as an exercise in media exploration, created over the course of five months. Each day, at approximately the same time, I drew on my shower wall or mirror and documented the drawing with my iphone.™

 In documenting the drawing, I was also recording my presence within the drawing -becoming both the creator and viewer, raising questions about my role within the image. Am I the artist in the drawing or am I the reflection of my act of drawing?

The images of the wall and me drawing upon it are blurred as it takes place in a shower. At times my figure looks like a ghostly apparition, with no identifiable features visible through the steam. At other times, as my figure recedes, the drawing comes forward and at times both forms are visible simultaneously.

(The image above is the one I used for my exhibition postcard, it is one of ten images in the show.
 If you are in the Denver Metro area please come down and check out my show!)