BodyWorks is proud to present our Spring 2017 Community Artist: Kim Cunningham
Since moving to the Monadnock Region in 1979 I have worked primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator. I also co-directed the Jaffrey Civic Center with my husband, Scott, from 1991-2000. We began building our own home and studios in Hancock in 1988 and are now both full-time artists. In 2009 I published my first children's book, Absolutely Wild, with David R. Godine Publisher. I am currently working on two more.
Over the years I've had the pleasure of exploring many different media, from papermaking to bookbinding to Japanese brushpainting. Taking classes at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, the Haystack School of Crafts in Maine and the Sharon Arts Center have expanded my horizons tremendously. But my main focus has always been printmaking, especially carving blockprints and experimenting with repeating patterns and multiples. My strongest influences include the arts of Native Americans as well as works from Africa, Japan and Australia.
A natural progression of my work has been to create collages on board with prints, handmade papers and wax. In search of more texture and dimension I often add found metal objects or ceramic reliefs. Handbuilt clay animal sculptures and mask forms are luring me even further down a three-dimensional path. I try to capture a creature's spirit and personality as simply as possible while at the same time celebrating the plastic nature of clay.
The landscape and animals of my New Hampshire home are a constant source of inspiration. Through my work I hope to share with others my delight in the natural world and joy in being an artist.
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