BIO / STATEMENT
Kim Van Someren is the Instructional Technician in Printmaking, Painting + Drawing and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington. She holds a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington (2004) and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (2002).
She has taught Printmaking at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Kirkland Arts Center, the Frye Art Museum, the Seattle Arts Museum, and University of Washington.
Van Someren has exhibited locally and nationally; her work included in several collections including the New York Public Library, the University of Iowa, the University of Washington and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Van Someren is represented by J. Rinehart Gallery, Seattle, WA.
I am interested in works on paper and draw from structures found in farming and forests, worship and spirituality, air and warcraft. I am interested in the metaphorical gender of structure, and how this can be altered through line, mass, and translucency. I am drawn to the formidable but am amused with the idea of transforming this into that which is gentle. As someone who believes in tradition shaped by play, mother shaped by child, and bone shaped by water I am always looking to bend that which appears to be stiff.
My work offers interpretations of how mass and weight can be dictated with the direction, density and content of line. Massive forms float and root in empty spaces to allow autonomy within the structures while abandoned engineering of the forms forces the structures to teeter between reality and fiction. The symbiotic use of hand and machine generated lines questions whether or not the building materials are rom earth or from engine.