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kim-winprime.jpgKim Wimprine

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Art
 

Contact Information:

401-865-2738 / 401- 865-2865
Ceramics Building
 

Education:

M.F.A. -  Rhode Island School of Design
 

Area(s) of Expertise:

Ceramics
 

Biographical Information:

As an only child growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas Kim turned to dance, sports and the visual arts to stay occupied. After attending a 6-week summer program for college credit at Savannah College of Art and Design during high school, Kim decided that she wanted to focus solely on being an artist. In 2011 she completed her B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and in 2013 received a M.F.A. in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work, which started off almost exclusively in two-dimensional mediums such as painting and photography, took a sudden turn after taking her first ceramics course in undergrad. Kim’s fascination with material and process peaked making clay the most versatile and malleable paint-like medium of the third-dimension. Thus began her transformation from painting on canvas to painting in space. Today, Kim’s large scale, ceramic-centric installations have a pronounced history of juxtaposing themes of tragedy with a sense of hopeful perseverance. The trace of her presence and honest vulnerability are imbedded in the nostalgic quality and visual vitality of her work. In grad school Kim began to rely on inspiration drawn from photographs she took as she became reacquainted with her old friend – the camera. She now photographs what she deems essential in time and in landscape, a process, which has become as critical a building block as the clay that she paints with. Through this intensely physical and process driven method, Kim seeks to provide not only she, but also others a second chance at experience.

 

 

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