Wednesday, March 11, 2015

No Make-Up Monday

81/2" x 11", Trace Monotype 
This fun piece is a one of a kind print on rice paper that I made at a workshop I took from my colleague Jennifer Ghormley at the Art Students League of Denver. It was a really interesting process that involved me drawing freehand on a photograph with the rice paper being sandwiched between the photo and a thin layer of ink - the challenge was laying down the ink thin enough so when you drew on the image you didn't end up with a solid black smudge of nothing! My photograph was a picture of my large scale oil painting titled Kandy (which you can see an example of under the tab 'Portrait Commissions'. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone interested in learning Trace Monotype. In regard to No Make-Up Monday, I'm thinking about taking this print and turning it into postcards to sell in my Etsy shop KimPutnamArt. I think I will add that to my 'to do' list for this week!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Empowering Femininity

I just read a really interesting article on ms.magazine.com# titled Empowering Femininity#, it was written by Julia Serano# who is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and Scapegoating of Femininity#. In a nutshell it talked about the inequality of being viewed feminine verses masculine and that women are preceived as striving to be feminine so as to attract the male gaze... this is very much in line with my most recent body of work which I will be exhibiting at Core New Art Space Gallery# starting March 27th! The title of my show is called In Pursuit of Non-Objectification. The exhibition includes two series, 16 paintings titled Voices (they are not individually titled but numbered as they are part of a collective whole that make Voices. The other series is titled The Genealogy of Hair, and actually it is only part of a larger series (140 + pieces in all).  These bodies of work are the results of continuous experiments to remove the female object from the image and thus remove the ability to objectify the female form... sadly the experiments failed because the viewer (especially the male viewer) was still able to objectify the images as sensual femininity and noting the alluring characteristics of the features. Although the experiments failed or perhaps because they failed, I continue to explore the subject in my art.

In the mean time, I have added to my 'to do' list, read Whipping Girl....

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Geneaology of Hair at the PAAM


This is the full installation of my Genealogy of Hair piece currently on display at the PAAM in Provincetown, MA. It is part of the MFAWC Thesis show which opened February 27th and runs through March, 15 2015. If you are on the Cape you should swing by the museum! 

Other news from the studio... tomorrow marks the end of my Bake Sale, after my tomorrow my Cupcake series prints got back up to $30 a print.  Check them out on Etsy before the sale ends.... they are a steal! 

Today was spent finishing up my framing for me show In Pursuit of Non-Objectification which opens here in Denver on March 27th. This show will feature two series, Voices and a selection of Hair prints from the Genealogy of Hair. I still need to put wires on the frames and make the labels but after that I should be ready for the show. The press release goes out tomorrow! For now... its off to French class~