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Artist Statement -



For the past 20 years, I have been making sculpture. Incorporating many fabric techniques, I use recycled metal, wire, and paint, to create sewn metal sculptures about pollution, habitat loss, complacency, human rights, extinction, and many other environmental and political issues. My work has been part of collaborative shows, and one person exhibitions. I want my work to get into peoples psyches and keep them thinking about the images for days, weeks.... I feel that whenever people think and ultimately talk about ideas the world changes. I maintain a cyber gallery http://personalpages.tds.net/~kimmarty/ of my sculpture thanks to a NH State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship received in 1998. I also take time every year to work as, artist in residence, in New Hampshire's schools.

In 1993, an accepted collaborative
proposal submitted to Inez McDermott,
then director of New England College
Gallery, Henniker, NH, resulted in a
significant change in my direction as
an artist and the materials I use. The
proposal gave me an opportunity to
collaborate with another artist, to
explore new materials, and to exhibit
the year's work at the gallery. The
years exploration focused on the
tradition of ritual art forms that had
relevance to my work as a visual artist.
I was drawn to these forms because of
the different orientation that they have
from most western art, and that they are
often incorporated into rituals that are
used to "reawaken," to remind us of an
invisible, yet universal, pathway
uniting and connecting all people with
the earth and all its life forms. It was
during this collaboration that I began
experimenting with metal. Prior to this
my sculpture had been constructed of
fiber. Over the next few years my ideas
evolved to incorporate mostly metal.

I live and work in a small house in NH.
It was once a one room school house. The
space is heated by a wood stove and
there are big windows that allow the sun
to stream through filling it with light.
My ideas come from listening and
watching what is happening on this
planet, and then making art that can
make change. I have made sculpture about
the environment. Lost Habitat
Installation consists of five sculptures;
Home Shelving for Lost Habitats,
Falling Tree Taking Out a Specie a Day,
Over Population and the Old Growth Tree
of Life, Diversity Fill Tool, and
Environmental Wreckage piece number 236.
The White House affair got me started
on my recent political sculpture.

My new work is about interaction. The
idea for this series, came when I was
among a few artists commissioned to
create two sculptures for Concord, NH's
first night celebration. I made two orbs.
One had images of men throughout history,
the other women. This gave me the idea
to pair off people in a conversation.
By placing unlikely characters together
in an environment, I invite the audience
to participate by creating a
conversation. I want my work to get into
peoples psyches and keep them thinking
about the images for days, weeks....
I feel that whenever people think and
ultimately talk about ideas the world
changes.

I use the human figure, reduced to
doll-like proportions, to help the
viewer relate with relative ease to
larger-than-life characters like Van
Gogh and Joan of Arc. My medium, "sewn
metal," assembles, scraps, and squares
of metal punched with holes and stitched
with twists of wire. Each sculpture
approximates a simple body or a
miniature robot, with utensil limbs and
a box-shaped frame for a head. They are
like an all-purpose, fill-in-the-blank
voodoo doll, the frame becomes a face
when I inserts a small, photocopied
picture of my chosen candidate.

My army of tin ears, in a battle to
change the world, includes parodies that
pair up Gore and Bush in a single
sculpture, titled "Self Inflicted
Wounds." The metal figure crosses its
arms out front in self-protection, and
attached metal labels are printed with
the politicians' avoidable errors. "I
Did Bad on Reporter's Pop Quiz," reads
one, referencing an early Bush gaffe."I
Invented the Internet," another label
says, recalling Gore's self-important
misstep.

Some of my match-ups are funny and
unexpected, suggesting links between
the most unlikely couples. "Joan and
Satan Discuss Hot Seat" is one such work.
The idea of a discussion (such a civil
interaction!) between the devil and the
martyr pushes hard at the limits of our
imagining. "The Cutting Edge with Bobbitt
and Van Gogh" disregards boundaries of
time and place to partner Lorena and
Vincent, two quirky characters with a
shared penchant for chopping off
appendages. The title poking fun at the
vernacular of the American media.

My recent combinations are more
introspective, asking the viewer to
imagine, "The Edge of the Earth
Embracing the Other Side" or "Seeds of
Change Taking Root in The Soul of Life".
However, it is the interaction in, "The
Wings of Flight Strap onto Forever Young"
between the wings and forever young that
remain the focus in my life and my
sculpture.

Thank you for spending time with me.
Please visit my self made website if
you would like exhibition information,
resume, or are interested in my school
residency projects. You can access it
at http://personalpages.tds.net/~kimmarty/. I
hope to meet you at a future exhibition
or you can e-mail me at
kimmarty@tds.net.

Artist Exhibitions



2003 one-person exhibition titled, from twisted metal at the Galletly Gallery, New Hampton, NH. Upcoming: George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME; Momentum; April 5-may 11; GPCF finalist exhibition. Edwards Gallery, Holderness, NH; with my friend Jane Kaufmann; fall 2003

2002 The Firehouse Gallery,The Day We Saw the Edge of the Earth: Artists respond to 9/11/02 Damariscotta, ME

2001 small group exhibition titled, Not So Still Life: Animated Alchemy in Contemporary Art, Yo Gallery, Manchester, NH

2000 two person exhibition, The Society of Arts and Crafts, 101 Arch St./34 Summer St., Boston, MA. and Davidson & Daughters/ Tin Ears and Feet of Clay

1999 two person exhibition titled, SCULPTURE WITH AN ATTITUDE, Gibbs Gallery, Arlington, MA.
one person exhibition titled, aluminum icons, Davidson & Daughters Gallery, Portland, ME. May 11- June 5, 1999

1998 one-person exhibition titled, HOME IMPROVEMENTS/ thought provoking shelves, doors, and repair tools, Davidson & Daughters Contemporary Art Gallery, Portland, Maine.

1997 two-person exhibition, AVA Main Gallery, Lebanon, NH.

1996 one person exhibition titled, TOOLS TO REPAIR THE PLANET, N.W. Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH.

1994 two-person exhibition titled OUT OF SIGHT at New England College Gallery in Henniker, NH.

1993 Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine.

1992 two-person show titled, ONE OF A KIND at the Lawrence Academy Gallery in Groton MA.

1991 UNH and Keene State gallery exhibition titled, The Artist and the EnvironmentNH a Collaborative Response.

1990 three-person show titled, SCULPTURES WITH TALES, League of NH Craftsmen Gallery in Concord, NH.

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Artist Publications



The Portland Phoenix
September 7 - September 14, 2000
by Jenna Russell

"Wintje's medium, "sewn metal," sounds like an oxymoron, but it's an effective, unexpected, junk-yard method of assemblage, scraps, and squares of metal punched with holes and stitched with twists of wire. Each sculpture approximates a simple body or a miniature robot, with utensil limbs and a box-shaped frame for a head. Like an all-purpose, fill-in-the-blank voodoo doll, the frame becomes a face when Wintje inserts a small, photocopied picture of her chosen candidate.....

.........Some of Wintje's match-ups are funny and unexpected, suggesting links between the most unlikely couples, like a weird, intellectual version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." "Joan and Satan Discuss Hot Seat" is one such work. The idea of a discussion (such a civil interaction!) between the devil and the martyr pushes hard at the limits of our imagining. "The Cutting Edge with Bobbit and Van Gogh" disregards boundaries of time and place to partner Lorena and Vincent, two quirky characters with a shared penchant for chopping off appendages. The title seems to poke fun at the vernacular of the American media -- it sounds vaguely like a late-night, celebrity-driven, current-events TV chat show."



Foster's Daily Democrat
Tuesday, July 11, 2000
By JENNIFER HIGGINS

"Growing up, Kim Wintje said she made huts with pine boughs and snow sculptures that washed away in the sun. Now, 20 years into her career as an artist, she uses sheets of aluminum, wire, sticks, and paper to create her thought-provoking sculptures.......

.......When asked if she believes being a woman has influenced her work, Wintje replied that she has tried to not let it. Wintje said that she wants her work to not just be from a woman's point of view, but to be more universal. "I want my work to be strong enough to be a person that made it, rather than a man or a woman, Wintje said."



Boston Sunday Globe/ New Hampshire Weekly, Arts & People
March 1, 1998
By Mark Dagostino

"Art is a language that can connect all people," Wintje said, growing suddenly serious. "It can change things." ...

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