BSDA Artist Interview: Kimberly Corday

Kimberly Corday is a young artist living in North Hollywood, California. Some of her luxurious textiles and more subtle paintings from her Portal Series are available on Buy Some Damn Art.  Below I ask Corday about her practice, how and why she makes what she does and what she’s up to next. Check out Kimberly’s show here.

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Corday’s Portal Series

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You graduated from RISD in 2014. What kind of work did you make while in school and what have you been working on since? 

Much of my education at RISD was centered around abstract figurative painting. I was looking at a lot of Cecily Brown and Abstract Expressionists but eventually hit a wall and wanted to dip my toes in something new. Senior year, my professor Laurel Sparks encouraged me to dabble in unconventional materials.  What transpired was a completely invented process incorporating hand-dyed string and found materials.

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“My practice is rooted in the notion of an ideal natural world – a concept that marries

the spectacle of nature and the spirit of 18th century Romantic landscape painting.

Through a Frankensteinian process that borrows aspects of painting, relief sculpture,

and embroidery, I create textured objects that conjure up an amalgam of natural phenomena

like threadbare pelts, plumage, and patterns found in the wild.” – Kimberly Corday

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Pinkie (above), Beryl (below) and other recent works of yours are made with hand-dyed wool on canvas. How did you come to combine these materials and why?

After graduating, I stumbled across a sheepskin duster at IKEA (of all places) and was interested to take it out of context. I then dyed, distressed, and manipulated the wool in order to transform it into a lush, abstract wall-hanging reminiscent of say a threadbare pelt or strange, ancient relic. Thus spawn my practice as a fiber artist.

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What are you working on now? Are you experimenting with new materials or process?

I’m working on a series of wall hangings prompted by both my rococo aesthetic and interest in a Japanese textile tradition called “Boro”- meaning “ragged” or “tattered”. Stay tuned!

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In your Portal Series the predominant form is a circle. What do they represent to you?

It’s funny, I was noticing a lot of circles in my sketchbook around that time.  The shape’s recurrence in my work is unconscious, but I’ve learned to embrace it as a representation of my curiosity in both literal and figurative portals.  They’re openings meant to summon associations, sensations and emotions.

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Could you explain what a monoprint is?

Monoprinting is the process wherein a painting or drawing is made on glass or Plexi and rubbed onto paper. The image can only be transferred once- hence the name. It’s ephemeral, unlike most printmaking methods.

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