I’ve been a working artist in Oregon for about 15 years.  Currently I live on a 50 acre farm called Roshambo ArtFarm in the Willamette Valley where we raise Jacob sheep, alpacas & chickens, plant apple trees, ferment cider & wine and hold an annual music festival, the Wildwood MusicFest.

My medium is ‘cut paper assemblage,’ which is cut paper, painted and layered, and then nailed to plywood panels with tiny nails.  The process has become an inherent part of the work with the nails being a prominent feature.  The combination of the delicate art of paper cutting with the industrial nature of hammering nails make for a unique and striking combination.

The sciences have been a huge influence on my art.  My favorite subjects are anatomy, botany, biology, entomology and zoology and the combination of them.  I’ve always loved science, but I think the reason I use it in my work is because the intricacy of the subject matter works well with my technique.  The cutting of muscles, roots and wings can get quite detailed with the results being complex and beautiful.  A sense of humor has become a key factor in my work with clichés being a constant in my titles and imagery.

This latest body of work is influenced by the animals that we've raised on the farm and the cycles of farm life. The cycle of life and death is always close when living rural, waxing and waning as it inherently mimics the seasons. The ethical raising of animals for meat is something I think about often and can be quite difficult at times, but I value treating animals with kindness and respect and appreciate the life they give.

Kim Hamblin
May 2016
 
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