New works by Kym Bloom
Opening reception: Friday, October 30, 6-9 pm
Show runs through Saturday, November 28
“This show features the retro video game characters I love so much. I admire the simplicity of the designs and their longevity in our world. I’ve often said that limitations tend to inspire better art because we are forced to work within a set of boundaries and therefore have to rely on our creativity even more. That is shown time and time again in these simple 8-bit characters that are remembered and loved decades later.
Limitations are now guiding how I make my art since the tiny Chiclets I typically used to create my pieces were discontinued (thanks, Cadbury). I also no longer have a large studio space where I can do resin. But I really wanted to do some video game pieces for this show so I started exploring other mediums. Watercolor is something I studied when I was in school but it didn’t click with me at the time because I didn’t like not having enough control over the medium. Well, this last year has been about a complete loss of control with just about every aspect of our lives so I decided to give it another shot. And I have discovered that watercolor and I have become buddies again. I enjoy drawing out and then painting each individual pixel in the image. I also love how the watercolor settles into each tiny square in its own way with each of us having a bit of control over how the final pieces end up looking.
These pieces have really been about finding an artistic process that I enjoy doing … and that helps keep me sane in these crazy times. The painting of these pieces has become a type of meditation for me, while I allow myself to just focus on painting pixels and let everything else in the world fall where it may.”
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