My work is objectively hyper-realistic and classical. I have been fortunate to gain critical acclaim and be commissioned by collectors around the world. I have traditionally maintained a token online presence while enjoying support and collaboration with established galleries in South Africa and Europe. While many of my beloved galleries have had to close, Covid has opened up the digital sphere and allowed artists to genuinely enter the market in new ways.
My recent work has focused on human history, stories, identity and my origins in Africa. I assimilate photographs, fabrics, art and videos from all over the world and try to create new worlds and identities through painting, sculpture and conversation. I hybridise images within my own subjective world view and unbalancing perceptions of age, race, gender and modernity.
I push to transcend the tired stigma of the romanticised, colonial African continent. We live in a modern world where race, religion, ethnicity and even identity itself is fluid.
I make art about humanity, origins and the passage of time - I am compelled by the similarities between "us" and "other". I choose subjects and stories that are unlikely to match with expectations or demographic profiling because when I work to strip away bias I find real connection and meaning.
In this way I am constantly disassembling and reassembling identities. I allow the pattern, image or concept to manifest first then I shape my work and theories around that. I use whatever ideological material is at hand. Like found objects of the mind. I allow myself to be shaped by the work as I create it.
My studio is also my shelter. Whatever happens to my world, my mind, my body. This is the place I come back to. Somewhere between paint, clay and music, I find sanctuary and always have.
About the Artist
Kim Mobey (born 1980) is a self-taught South African artist. She has been working and selling her work through galleries since the age of 16, having regularly exhibited since 2003. In 2017, when she was selected as a finalist for the PPC Imaginarium awards with "In This Skin", her sculptural work gained wider recognition, being shown at the Turbine Art Fair and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. In 2019 one of Mobey’s portraits "Nora in Winter" was selected for the Top 40 shortlist for the Sanlam Portrait Award.
Beyond her humanistic approach, she is deeply affected by mythology and science. Though her work is rooted in reality and historical fact, she makes generous use of artistic license, fulfilling her deep desire to upturn stereotypical notions regarding aesthetics, gender, race, age or class - and reflecting her compulsion to challenge fixed identities and how these bear out in society.