The COSMOS feature artist this month is Kim Radochia, currently showing at the Matthew Swift Gallery exhibition, Dirven 2 Abstraxion. Sometimes a childhood perfectly prepares – and even predicts – the future calling of an artist’s life work.
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Here on the Cape Ann Museum Green the historical form of the haystack is reinterpreted as an interactive experience to learn about our local ecology through plants. Cordgrass is just one of the many native plants that are part of the interconnected web of what makes this environment along our coast healthy and unique
I undertook this project to rebuild bird habitat, but also to bask in, share and spread luster of the natural world through my art. If you encourage nature to prosper using local plantings on a sunny spot on your property, you will be rewarded with an infinite well of tranquil inspiration. You will marvel at the subtle shifts of color, form and light and how the bounty of flora unfolds for creatures reliant upon it for food and shelter
“Radochia’s moving “Murmuration” paintings are likewise cumulative. She paints paper, tears it up, and affixes the little bits to a drawing on panel. They cluster, stand, and flatten, describing fluid motion and surprising depth. Named after a flock of starlings, they echo the dense, unpredictable peaks and whorls of thousands of birds riding the air.”
Those flocks with hundreds, even thousands, of starlings that twist and twirl as one body is a mystery in nature called murmuration. So how would it be possible for an artist to capture that improvisational dance of unison? Try hundreds of colored bits of paper flowing in and out on a flat surface and you come close to the visual sensation of that cloud of glossy flying birds. Murmuration 5, mixed media on panel, has beautifully captured this mysterious dance in the sky by using tiny pieces of paper in nearly thirty different colors…
It’s important to me to have people commemorate women because I want people to really think about that one ‘word’ to describe a woman. It’s very difficult to pick just one word without it sounding stereotypical or trite. I want people to think carefully about labeling and how we communicate about our strong women…
Currents, by Kim Radochia, looks like mere wisps of reflected light. Hanging at varying heights, the polished aluminum shapes appear to float away. In the afternoon light, the piece looks like water in old black and white photographs of the surrounding city canals—locked in time but winding through the history of the man-made from past to present…
Kim Radochia’s Wilma’s Wrath… modern, sculptural and very diverse (in shape, composition and material), it was unlike anything else I saw that night…
“Kimberly Radochia is an artist whose passionate engagement with the natural world translates into sculptures, site-specific installations, and intentional landscapes that heighten our awareness of place and the vast realm of possibilities inherent in each and every moment.”