Kim Smith has shown at George Lawson Gallery and Inclusions Gallery in SF. She is the recipient of several Jurors Awards for ArtSpan auctions and shows. She was once first sold at the Visual Aid auction and also sold within the top 10. She published a book (real printing, not on-line) of her work in 2008. The book, Where Quirky Meets Menacing: an autobiography in collage, won several nationwide awards. She sells her work through galleries, open studios and her business, Smith & Co. (www.VintageSmith.com)
My collages are meant to be intimate and should evoke a peaceful, quiet and simultaneously compelling response from viewers. Many of the collages are of a serious nature, specifically my recent series "Series For a Better World." But, one can often find a humorous or unexpected element within the frame as well. I use art to voice opinions and ideas that I often don't have the courage to say aloud. It is also a form of relaxation and I often spend days exploring galleries and museums. Artwork can have an overwhelming impact on me and strike me with a breath-stopping raw energy that makes me want to produce my own work. Having the time and space to feed this desire is enriching. I was born in Seattle, Washington in 1961 and spent 10 years of my childhood in Germany. I now call San Francisco home. I have degrees in Design, Economics, and an MBA.
I use vintage and antique materials in my collages, rather than modern copies. I believe using the vintage materials maintains the integrity of the work. To the greatest degree possible, I treat them in an archival manner. My work is professionally framed with acid free matting and ready to hang. I usually use museum glass.