Kim Miskowicz is a visual artist based in Oakland, CA. Her work has been exhibited at numerous Bay Area venues including Artists’ Television Access, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Cinematheque, Southern Exposure and Krowswork. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico and did post graduate study in painting and experimental film at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work focuses on a response to material and data overload creating breaks in continuous thoughts similar to a building obstructing a view of a simple horizon. Her paintings and films are inspired by the belief in therapeutic effects of viewing distant forms in the landscape. She uses film and video as a multiplier and quick viewer of minutely varied compositions and makes large scale found paper collages. She explores media and material absorption in relation to determining what of our personal, emotional and informational lives one preserves versus invalidates.
“I think back to that moment when the Portals of the Past framed not a mansion, not a garden, but a whole smoldering terrain, more tragic but also more wide open than before or after, a long pause between two phases, as ruins often are.” – Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise, Landscapes for Politics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007) p. 368. Our exposure to so much information on a daily basis creates breaks in continuous thoughts similar to a building obstructing a view of a simple horizon. My paintings and films are inspired by the belief in therapeutic effects of viewing distant forms in the landscape. I use film and video as a multiplier and quick viewer of minutely varied compositions. This process simulates changing speeds at which one moves through physical and electronic environments. Exploring landscape in this manner allows me to question how it affects psychology, decisions and, more specifically, determining what of our personal, emotional and informational lives one preserves versus invalidates.
More than 15 years have passed since my residency at SFAI. I worked with the incredible artist Eve Andree Laramee on her project, “Fluid Geographies.” It was during this residency that I learned about Ed Grothus’ Black Hole Surplus in Los Alamos, New Mexico. When Eve took us to the Surplus store back in 2002, I wasn’t able to collect much due to traveling constraints. After that, I made sure to return to the Black Hole in 2013 during a road trip. It was on that trip that I picked up a collection of oscilloscope recording papers to create my recent series of landscape collages that you see in these images. Thank you, Eve and SFAI!!