Statement for 2020

Amid the global lockdowns, the long awaited #BLM movement and the loss of physical touch with strangers, new tribes are forged, not from shared histories and blood ties, but from shared ideologies and enemies. Without moralising on this development, my latest work plays along the edges of old and new identities in human society.

Most recently my work has been a reflection on the absurdist fantasy of being a "real person" both in the art world and online. How much of myself do I have to show as an artist and as a person before strangers who do not know me consider me a friend. Or an enemy. Who are we when we are in our new tribes of ideologies? Can our older, flesh and bone tribes even compete for our love and belonging?

General Statement

I make art about humanity and the similarities between "us" and "other". I choose subjects and stories that are unlikely to match with expectations or demographics. I choose them because it's when we strip away expectations that we find real connection and meaning.

 

In this way I am constantly disassembling and reassembling identities. I work vicariously but also passively, allowing the image or concept to manifest first then shaping my work and theories around it. I use whatever ideological material is at hand. Like found objects of the mind. In this way I allow myself to be shaped by the practice at least as much as I shape my individual artworks or ovrè.

 

When I paint a portrait I come close to knowing how gravity feels in someone else’s skin. And I can look at existence for a moment through their eyes.

Biography

 

Kim Mobey (born 1980) is a South African artist. She is entirely self-taught and sold her first sculpture through a commercial gallery at the age of 15. She has been working as an artist since the late nineties, having regularly exhibited her work from 2010 through galleries in Knysna, Hermanus, Johannesburg and Cape Town. 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.

 

Her primary mode is portraiture, which she prefers to render in traditional mediums -  oils and acrylics. Her portraits are faithful to reality, while communicating the human connection between Mobey and her subjects – most often people she knows or has met. She seeks out an immersive and empathetic understanding of them, which she feels is necessary to evolving an authentic practice.

 

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 compulsion to upturn stereotypical notions regarding aesthetics, gender, race, age or class - and reflecting her desire to challenge fixed identities and how these bear out in society. 

 

 A driven autodidact and educator, she actively studies and teaches new and traditional technical skills, sculpture, installation, performance, painting and printmaking. Her keen interest in humanity extends to ongoing charitable work. 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2011 –  Knysna Gallery, Knysna “In This Skin” (Solo)

 

2012 –  Western Cape Premier, Official Residence Cape Town “See the Point, Darling”

 

2013 –  Knysna Fine Art Gallery , Knysna “Pink Loerie Group Show”

 

2015 –  MOMO Gallery Johannesburg “Les is More”

 

2017 –  The V&A Watershed, Cape Town Inaugural “Art Africa Fair”

 

2017 – The Cape Gallery, Cape Town “Dream Now, Dream Not”

 

2017 –  UJ Gallery, Johannesburg, “PPC Imaginarium Finalist Show”

 

2017 –  Turbine Hall, Johannesburg “Turbine Hall Art Fair”

 

2017   September – Art @ The Clocktower, Cape Town. “Not all Black and White”

 

2017   November – Art @ The Clocktower, Cape Town. ”Tides of Talent”

 

2018   February – Investec Cape Town Art Fair “Art at Africa”, Cape Town

 

2018   March – The Cape Gallery, Cape Town “Illusive Reality”

 

2018  September –  Art Africa, V&A Waterfront “Heritage Day Exhibition”

 

2018 December – The World Yacht, News24 Nasdak “Afro-chic”

 

2019 June –  The Cape Gallery, Cape Town "Returning the Gaze"

 

2019  August – Rust en Vrede Gallery “Sanlam Portrait Award top 40 finalist exhibition”

2020 

STATEMENT

BIO

I make art about the similarities between "us" and "other" but these ideas are usually as fragmentary as they are persistent.The porous boundary between my internal world and my perceived reality produces hypersurrealist artwork. I am constantly disassembling and reassembling identities so I use whatever ideological material is at hand, allowing each concept to first take physical shape then piecing my theories together around it. Like found objects of the mind. 

I am also deeply curious about the unifying forces in humanity.  I choose subjects and stories that are unlikely to match with expectations or contexts because it's when we strip away expectations that we find real connection and meaning. For that reason my titles tend to be narrative descriptions, containing references that lead the viewer to larger concepts and constructs so that every part of the piece matters to the whole:

Kim Mobey is a self-taught visual artist, born in Cape Town in 1980 and working across multiple disciplines and media. She sold her first sculpture through a gallery at the age of 15 and held her first solo exhibition in 2011. In 2017 her sculptural work was recognised when she became a finalist in the PPC Sculpture competition and in 2019 her portrait was selected for the top 40 of the Sanlam Portrait Awards.

 

Strongly influenced by African cultural history, her work focuses on heritage and humanity, seeking out stories of global diaspora, history and leadership as well as contemporary global cultural and political cross-pollination. Using traditional materials and techniques as well as experimental applications of new materials, methodologies and mixed media she actively subverts concepts of normalcy, aesthetics, gender, race, age and class as ideologies by disrupting the  traditional presentation and context of her subjects.

A dedicated autodidact Mobey views herself as an "outsider artist" as she received no artistic training after middle school. She actively teaches painting and sculpture through charitable events, studio coaching and collaborations. She also regularly provides internships for early career artists and university art students in Cape Town.

CV

Selected Exhibitions

2011 –  Knysna Gallery, Knysna “In This Skin” (Solo)

2012 –  Western Cape Premier, Official Residence Cape Town “See the Point, Darling”

2013 –  Knysna Fine Art Gallery , Knysna “Pink Loerie Group Show”

2015 –  MOMO Gallery Johannesburg “Les is More”

2017 –  The V&A Watershed, Cape Town Inaugural “Art Africa Fair”

2017 – The Cape Gallery, Cape Town “Dream Now, Dream Not”

2017 –  UJ Gallery, Johannesburg, “PPC Imaginarium Finalist Show”

2017 –  Turbine Hall, Johannesburg “Turbine Hall Art Fair”

2017   September – Art @ The Clocktower, Cape Town. “It is not all Black and White”

2017   November – Art @ The Clocktower, Cape Town. ”Tides of Talent”

2018   February – Investec Cape Town Art Fair “Art at Africa”, Cape Town

2018   March – The Cape Gallery, Cape Town “Illusive Reality”

2018  September –  Art Africa, V&A Waterfront “Heritage Day Exhibition”

2018 December – The World Yacht, News24 Nasdak “Afro-chic”

2019 June – Portraits, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

2019  August – Rust en Vrede Gallery “Sanlam Portrait Award top 40 finalist exhibition”

Curator

2013 May – The Glimoré Gallery “Together We Stand”,  a group exhibition opened by Seapoint Ward Councillor JP Smith.

2012 May – The Knysna Gallery “The Naked Truth”,  A group show of life drawings and paintings

2014 September to December – First Thursdays “Grand Daddy Hotel” Group Show, Cape Town Featuring John Bower, Peter Van Straten, Janet Ranson and Natasha Johnson.

Competitions

2017 January – Sculpture Finalist, PPC Imaginarium Awards

2017 September – World of Design Competition finalist: For the Love of Concrete, Cape Town

Galleries

Art at Groot Constantia – Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia

Lyn Atterbury lyn@artatconstantia.com 

Cape Gallery  – Church Street, Cape Town

Gail Dorje gail@capegallery.co.za

Art at Africa  – The Clocktower, V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Dirk Durnez: dirk@artatafrica.art (for reproduction prints only)

Charities and Projects

I support these causes with donations of artwork for auction, public speaking, teaching and  participation in group projects.

2014 – City of Cape Town, World Design Center “Hands of Honour”

Part of the “Man on the Side of the Road” employment initiative  

Paul Taliard: handsofhonour@gmail.com

2014 – City of Cape Town, World Design Center “WDC/MURP Co-design workshop”  

Facilitating community involvement in urban upliftment in impoverished areas

Graham Falken: zagconsultants@gmail.com

2014  (Ongoing) – Paint it Forward

A collective of volunteers and artists painting uplifting murals in the children’s wards of public hospitals

Chris Lategan: chris.lategan001@gmail.com

2014  (Ongoing) – Call to Care “Paint and Sip”

Teaching, consulting, events and creative projects raising funds for sustainable food gardening workshops in impoverished areas

Alexandrnya Audagnotti: alex@call2care.org.za

2016 – The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, Cape Town, Groot Constantia Wine Farm  

In aid of  education for farm workers in the South African Winelands

Lyn Atterbury lyn@artatconstantia.com

2017 (Ongoing) – Catwalk to Freedom

In aid of education and sanctuary for child brides in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya

Nya Nyuon: houseofbany1@gmail.com

2018 (Ongoing) – SOS Save Our Schools & Water 4 Cape Town

In aid of practical, ongoing water collection and delivery to vulnerable communities during the Western Cape Drought.

Paulette van Heerden: paulette@water4capetown.org

KIM MOBEY

South African Contemporary Art | Portraiture | Sculpture|

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