Playful Imagined Moments in the ‘Middle of Nowhere’ | New Work by Kirsten Sims

Kirsten Sims

Keurbooms, 2015. Mixed media on board. 900 x 655mm (framed)    

 

In an exhibition of new work, artist and illustrator Kirsten Sims plays on the idea that the middle of nowhere is a feeling and a place, using it as a point of departure and visual exploration of who she is as an artist. This show, aptly titled ‘The Middle of Nowhere’, opened at Salon 91 last week and is every bit as wonderful as we’ve come to expect of Kirsten. Born and bred in the Garden Route town of Mossel Bay, she says that she has always enjoyed places that feel separate to the rest of the world. Speaking about her process she explains, “I often start off a painting wondering where the story will unfold – so to me place is very important, whether real or imagined.” The pictures that make up this body of work are based on ‘real’ (read: mostly imagined) moments that provoke the feeling of being somewhere yet nowhere at the same time.

 

Kirsten describes her work as whimsical, gestural, exaggerated and playful. Each of her illustrations, drawings or paintings tell a story, and she says that working in this way makes her feel like stage director – she creates a backdrop, sets the mood and tone, and then introduces the actors. She has fun seeing how much of a story she can tell in one image, combining it with an interesting title to create new and interesting dynamics on a single page. Her illustrations are often humorous and working in this way allows her to express her experiences and opinions while also subtly and gently make fun of the world she lives in.

 

‘The Middle of Nowhere’ is on until 18 July 2015 at Salon91.

91 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Opening times:

Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am – 6pm

Saturdays from 10am – 2pm.

 

See more of Kirsten’s work on her blog, Facebook and Behance.

 

Kirsten Sims

Suitors, 2015. Mixed media on board. 445 x 635 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

David, Phoebe and Jacks in the Veld, 2015. Mixed media on board. 640 x 480 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Somewhere in Seapoint, 2015. Mixed media on board. 400 x 475 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Courting, 2015. Mixed media on board. 640 x 895 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Cape Town, kind of, 2015. Mixed media on board. 895 x 645 mm (framed)

Kisten Sims

Always the Last to Leave, 2015. Mixed media on board. 640 x 480 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

The Raw Food Forager, 2015. Mixed media on board. 740 x 485 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Catharsis, 2015. Mixed media on board. 605 x 640 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

The Friend Zone I, 2015. Mixed media on board. 370 x 560 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

The Friend Zone II, 2015. Mixed media on board. 360 x 460 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Samuel, 2015. Mixed media on board. 355 x 270mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

After the Avalanche, 2015. Mixed media on board. 895 x 1200mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

TsunaME, 2015. Mixed media on board. 810 x 810mm (unframed)

Kirsten Sims

Astrologer’s Retreat, 2015. Mixed media on board. 655 x 640 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Hermit’s Holiday I, 2015. Mixed media on board. 660 x 495 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Hermit’s Holiday II, 2015. Mixed media on board. 645 x 445 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Introvert’s Clubhouse, 2015. Mixed media on board. 580 x 550 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

And So It Is, 2015. Mixed media on board. 480 x 490 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Everybody Had a Really Great Time, 2015. Mixed media on board. 305 x 350 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

We Found Love in a Public Place, 2015. Mixed media on board. 305 x 350 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Mosstalgia II, 2015. Mixed media on board. 360 x 300 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Hideout, 2015. Mixed media on board. 355 x 275 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

The Gluten Intolerator, 2015. Mixed media on board. 725 x 500 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Evensong, 2015. Mixed media on board. 640 x 470 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

The Green Smoothie, 2015. Mixed media on board. 895 x 545 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Hang in There, 2015. Mixed media on board. 390 x 390 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Island Getaway, 2015. Mixed media on board. 515 x 635 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Midnight Ambush, 2015. Mixed media on board. 575 x 480mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Inside Out, 2015. Mixed media on board. 340 x 480 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Even Adam, 2015. Mixed media on board. 640 x 480 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Part-time Love, 2015. Mixed media on board. 480 x 490 mm (framed)

Kirsten Sims

Nowhere in Rouwkoop Road, 2015. Mixed media on board. 640 x 440 mm (framed)

 

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