the 'open book' series explores the use of books, book pages and text.
Kim started the “Off the Wall” series to study form, colour and design in the purest sense.
Kim's work has always been stronger when the individual pieces can relate to each other. Then when grouped the whole becomes the sum of its parts.
Installing the pieces in a group with the negativeSPACE flowing through and around the objects reinforces the individuality of each piece. Rather than framing which would contain the pieces forcing them to be one; with installation and use ofnegativeSPACE each piece remains as individual while working as a whole.
Off the Wall is a series of cast encaustic sculptures that studies the architecture of form.
Casting encaustic (beeswax with pigment) in eggcups, teacups, muffin tins and desert dishes; Kim Bruce creates sculptures that explore the use of everyday objects as an architectural form. Once the piece is cast she manipulates the structures by applying her knowledge of colour theory, blending and layering coloured encaustic with a propane torch. As the series progressed, Bruce investigates shape and colour further through the use of geometric forms; constructing molds from matt board, clay and tin.
Subverting expectations by wall-mounting the clusters, instead of presenting them horizontally, the clusters function as an architecture. This juxtaposition removes the viewer’s subconscious association with the form and forces them to relate to the shapes and colours.
By using the wall as a canvas and allowing negative space to flow through Bruce creates installations that are visually demonstrative of balance, rhythm and harmony. Individually each piece is a miniature work of art in and of itself; when placed with others of similar shape and palette the whole becomes a sum of its parts