My work references the idea of building. The structures and forms that I make are secondary to the investigations of balance, believability and kinetic potential of that which is inanimate.
As a printmaker, I am drawn to the texture of paper, the permanency of line, the act of the hand, and the significance of white space. The construction of the forms that I make are a series of unplanned reactions; a notion which allows me to both implicate and complicate an idea. Through measured mark-making, subtle color, and odd angles, the push and pull of weight distribution and dimensional collapse becomes apparent.
Some of the things that fuel my work are agricultural and construction equipment, play structures, and stacked/lined up things. Through these and other unexpected forms, I allow the structures I create to be and be constructed out of that which is animate.
Kim Van Someren is the Instructional Technician in Printmaking, Painting + Drawing and IVA at the University of Washington. She holds a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington (2004) and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (2002).
She has taught Printmaking at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Kirkland Arts Center, the Frye Art Museum, the Seattle Arts Museum, and University of Washington.
Van Someren has exhibited locally and nationally; her work included in several collections including the New York Public Library, the University of Iowa, the University of Washington and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.