621 Gallery Presents
an exhibition by Kim Radatz
April 5th – 27th, 2018
Soft Opening | April 5th at 6:30pm
Opening Reception | April 6th 6pm – 9:30pm
About the Artist:
Kim Radatz is a multi-media studio artist living and working in the Tampa Bay area. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Miami. After graduation she taught at both the University of Miami and the Florida International University before moving to Tampa. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including SCOPE in Miami, and has received numerous awards including Best of Show in the prestigious Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and earned the coveted title of Artisan of the Year for the Cloth, Paper, Scissors publication. Recently she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Art Council of Hillsborough County.
I am a multi-media artist inspired by relationships and the emotions that stem from them.
I believe this interest developed from being an identical twin and how that forced me to intuitively navigate a relationship long before I had any understanding of one. Additionally, I have learned that although things appear to be the same, upon closer inspection they are typically quite different. I often use multiples to examine and/or emphasize this dichotomy.
There is seldom music playing in my studio as I need the quiet to hear the running dialog going on in my head. I hear the words but see the image. And that is typically how a body of work will form.
For this body of work, FLOCKED: Objects of Desire, I was inspired by my mom’s Alzheimer diagnosis and the struggles she has endured since her diagnosis. Aside from her health issues, the biggest concern was how she would adjust to downsizing from a spacious 3/2 home to a single room. Especially since she was an avid collector of many things.
Downsizing happened in stages and, throughout the process, I watched as she struggled to let go of her prized possessions. It has given me a greater appreciation for collectors and the emotional attachment to collections.
I collect and depersonalize each object by flocking them all the same color. I use red because it is an emotionally intense color associated with determination, desire and passion, while the flocked surface is soft and fuzzy, reminiscent of something familiar—even if we can’t quite figure out what. When they are grouped closely together the sometimes obsessive nature of collecting is emphasized.