Kim Buchheit

Kim Buchheit

Kim Buchheit

KIM BUCHHEIT, fiber arts
2019 Professional Artist in Residence


Kim BuchheitThe felt-making process echoes the making of Grand Canyon: water and time are fundamental to the formation of both, as well as layering, compression, carving, and cutting. My most recent felted series is from a body of work entitled, "Sacred Landscapes" — which is a collection of wool wall hangings of varying sizes responding to place. The works multi-hued, horizontal banding mirrors the canyon's sedimentary layers while their oval profiles (inspired by the Shiva Lingam stones of India) conjure the sacred object. The destruction of the felted material at the cut line reveals contrasting layers below and suggests natural borders, breaks on the horizon, or the carving of the canyon walls by the Colorado River — but these signature cuts also hint at the exploration of the psyche (for instance: cutting through layers of delusion to reveal one's higher self). The "Sacred Landscapes" series conveys the outer landscape, but also evokes the inner terrain, the interplay between the two, and their tenuous (if not illusory) boundary. These works may serve as symbols of our longing to protect all wild places in and outside ourselves.


ABOUT KIM
Kim Buchheit received her art degree from the University of Iowa, was a recipient of a design fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, has taught college-level design courses in Phoenix, has juried numerous art festivals and art-related programs, and has served on art committees for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Grand Canyon Conservancy. Her felted work has won awards and been included in group shows and galleries throughout Arizona, as well as nationally.

Kim is a certified art teacher for grades 6-12 and recently completed ASU's inaugural Teaching Artist Program. She has taught several adult fiber arts workshops annually for various organizations and institutions. She also operates her own design business, makes art, and lives in Grand Canyon National Park where she has resided for the past 25 years.


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