Kim Bogart

My current work is abstract and highly influenced by nature. I render forms abstracted from nature that are more recognizable, such as leaves or shells, and superimpose them with cosmologically inspired bodies to create one “atmosphere” or “environment”. Although my paintings range in size, they can be perceived as tiny elements of a greater whole, or as representations of events on a massive scale. In a way, my designs are indicative of the universality of patterns seen in nature across a wide range of scales. For example, the Fibonacci sequence or Golden Spiral can be seen in the arrangement of petals in a flower and in the structure of a seashell. In contrast, the spiral can also be seen in the shape of hurricanes when viewed from space, and in the shape of massive swirling galaxies. Through tightly rendered spirals or masses, I can reference these types of natural phenomena. The idea of improvisation, randomness, and chance are central to my work. The process of painting is spontaneous for me because I find that through experimentation and play new connections and methods of mark making come to life. I also experiment because, at times, the materials interact in unpredictable ways. Frequently after a painting has dried I return to it to find that the weight of the paint has caused it to sink and swirl to the center. In this sense, gravity becomes part of the process. By using a variety of media including paint, paper, fabric, beads, and glitter I create layered images with an illusion of depth. Metallic materials frequently appear in my works as I like how they interact with light, and how that interaction changes based on the position of the viewer. Once the background has been worked up to my pleasing I often create concentrated nucleic masses on the top layer. By referencing nature, I reflect on the infinite source of material that our universe and planet provide for the creation of art. Kim Bogart joined Society6 on June 23, 2014

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My current work is abstract and highly influenced by nature. I render forms abstracted from nature that are more recognizable, such as leaves or shells, and superimpose them with cosmologically inspired bodies to create one “atmosphere” or “environment”. Although my paintings range in size, they can be perceived as tiny elements of a greater whole, or as representations of events on a massive scale. In a way, my designs are indicative of the universality of patterns seen in nature across a wide range of scales. For example, the Fibonacci sequence or Golden Spiral can be seen in the arrangement of petals in a flower and in the structure of a seashell. In contrast, the spiral can also be seen in the shape of hurricanes when viewed from space, and in the shape of massive swirling galaxies. Through tightly rendered spirals or masses, I can reference these types of natural phenomena.

The idea of improvisation, randomness, and chance are central to my work. The process of painting is spontaneous for me because I find that through experimentation and play new connections and methods of mark making come to life. I also experiment because, at times, the materials interact in unpredictable ways. Frequently after a painting has dried I return to it to find that the weight of the paint has caused it to sink and swirl to the center. In this sense, gravity becomes part of the process. By using a variety of media including paint, paper, fabric, beads, and glitter I create layered images with an illusion of depth. Metallic materials frequently appear in my works as I like how they interact with light, and how that interaction changes based on the position of the viewer. Once the background has been worked up to my pleasing I often create concentrated nucleic masses on the top layer. By referencing nature, I reflect on the infinite source of material that our universe and planet provide for the creation of art.

Kim Bogart joined Society6 on June 23, 2014.

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