Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Kim Dickey is an American ceramicist. Her playful assemblages and installations explore "Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Performance art, mixed media and post-medium theory, Installation art, film and video, culinary and food history, wunderkammern, botany." (from the University of Colorado website where Dickey is an associate professor.)
Dickey's work evokes a sense of wonder and playfulness seen in the best of post-modernism. Her sculptural gardens engage the viewer on many levels from pure, aesthetic pleasure through to the metaphysical, religous and social semiotics of gardens and food. Dickey says "I've always been intrigued by the language of objects, by their aspects of intimacy in everyday life. (Clay) is the stuff of the earth. Once it is fired, it becomes a cultural object. We interpret cultures through their ceramic objects. It's permanent and impermanent, and that also could be the garden we're talking about."(from "The Rocky Mountain News" June 14 2007)
“As an artist I want to be a role model in believing in what you do and working hard at it,” she says. It is a message she hopes to send not only to her students but also her own children. “That’s what we should all be doing in life: Finding moments of great joy.”
This is from an interesting article written on Dickey for "Denver Woman "magazine.
Kim Dickey speaking at the Australian Ceramics Triennale on Friday the 17th of July, during the morning session.