Pins are thought to be feminine objects yet they are hard, straight and sharp but used with soft, flexible and warm fabrics. These opposing forces form the foundation of my work. I seek to unveil natural beauty and create sculptures that provoke musings about the state of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Pins and needles have shaped work in both my figurative and portrait sculptures; I now carry that examination further into the study of stiletto shoes. This work builds on my current methods of creating sculptures which utilize silicone rubber molds for multiple casting. Once casting begins I work in the moment usually with an initial thought or idea and remain open to what happens.
I am a visual problem solver who invites the challenges of working with incongruous materials; this often leading to new and exciting processes that investigate bittersweet contradictions concerning life’s fragility.
Kim Bruce gratefully acknowledges the grant support from the A.F.A. to produce the work in the Heels series.