Much like Mother Nature, Anastasia Kimmett makes beautiful works of art and then destroys them.
Her mixed-media pieces overwhelmingly depict trees and flowers. Yet each finished piece is the product of weeks or months of work to create and destroy and create again.
“Mother Nature is the obvious muse of my subject matter,” Kimmett said, “but she is also a mentor in my process.”
Kimmett uses heavy paper to paint several originals, then cuts them into strips and reassembles them into a new work. It parallels nature’s process.
“To create the tree the seed is destroyed,” Kimmett said. “To create the log the tree is destroyed. To create paper the log is destroyed. To create my original works the paper is destroyed. To create my final work my originals are destroyed.”
The effect is one of abstracting a realistic image of a grove of aspens or a cluster of flowers. The pieces don’t seem completely fragmented, just a little off-kilter.
Kiera Wakeman, sales manager for Diehl Gallery, said the gallery began representing Kimmett five years ago because of her interesting take on traditional landscape or still life.
“As a gallery that focuses on contemporary art, we looked for an artist that used the natural world as a source of inspiration but did so in a unique way,” Wakeman said. “Kimmett’s work is an interesting juxtaposition of abstract and representational. You can tell that you are looking at a tree or flower. However upon closer inspection you can see that there is more happening in each piece than what appears at first glance.”
From her home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kimmett gets out in nature each day.
“I make sure I’m taking in everything closely like three times a week,” Kimmett said. “Color is my No. 1 inspiration.”
When people walk into Diehl Gallery to see the dozen works in Kimmett’s “Acts of Nature” show, hanging Sept. 6 through Oct. 26, the artist hopes they take their time with the pieces.
“The biggest effect I’d like to have? For them to be able to stand back for a minute and see it as one, as you would in nature,” Kimmett said, “but then do what most of us don’t take time to do: Get closer to it and look at all the tiny details in that creation, make them slow down and appreciate it.”
She hopes the works leave them with a specific feeling: “Peaceful. At peace and appreciative of actual nature.” ￼