Kim Anderson - Ballarat
Close observational drawing has always been at the core of her work as Kim Anderson attempts to capture not only the physical attributes of a subject, but also the intangible emotional aspects. With a consistent tendency towards intricate detail, she attempts to understand the world through her drawing – even the smallest detail can hold the greatest significance.
Minute structures of the body, the skin as surface and palimpsest, the physical manifestations of a psyche in turmoil, and the psychological analogies that can be found in the natural world are all recurring themes. In constantly wanting to challenge her drawing practice, Kim often incorporate translucent materials and unconventional modes of display, exploring the transformative effects of light and scale upon traditional drawing techniques, and the potential to imbue a space with emotion and bodily metaphor.
Regardless of scale or subject matter, whether permanent or ephemeral, private or public, Kim's creative process becomes a feat of physical and mental endurance – line after tiny line on a wall or a page that takes on various aspects of a journey, a meditation, and a search for self-knowledge.
While much of Kim's work is driven by very personal sentiments and deals with some extremely private emotions, it also expresses more universal concepts about what it means to be human.