ReCreative Artist in Residence 2019

Kim Mirus

Original and Current North American Bison Range ,    Cottolin, silk, handspun bison yarn, 27” x 22” each panel, 2016   Each thread width equals approximately ten miles. Each inch equals 200 miles. Based on various sources including Wild mammals of North America : biology, management, and conservation by George A Feldhamer; Bruce Carlyle Thompson; Joseph A Chapman. Baltimore, MD Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.    Image courtesy of the artist

Original and Current North American Bison Range,

Cottolin, silk, handspun bison yarn, 27” x 22” each panel, 2016

Each thread width equals approximately ten miles. Each inch equals 200 miles. Based on various sources including Wild mammals of North America : biology, management, and conservation by George A Feldhamer; Bruce Carlyle Thompson; Joseph A Chapman. Baltimore, MD Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Image courtesy of the artist

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Residency Period: March - May 2019

Exhibition Opening:

May 3rd, 2019 6:30-9:30PM

Open Studio Hours will be held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 3:00-5:30pm

March 13th and 27th

April 10th and 24th

May 8th and 22nd

Kim’s studio is located on the second floor near the back staircase.

ABOUT KIM

I am an artist, craftsperson, and weaver. As an artist and an educator, I value teaching as much as I appreciate creating work. I earned a BFA in Crafts, a BA in Art Education, and a National Board Certification for teaching art.  I have had the privilege to teach art to students who were incarcerated and on probation, and I am also grateful for my opportunities to teach courses at The Crucible and Penland School of Crafts. I have earned various scholarships and grants, including a Lenore G. Tawney Fiber Scholarship and the Personal Development Grant from the Surface Design Association. I enjoyed completing artist residencies and research at the Icelandic Textile Center [Textílsetur Íslands], The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, The Association of Icelandic Visual Arts [SÍM], Penland School of Crafts [Winter Residencies], Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts [Pentaculum], and The Arctic Circle.


PUBLIC EVENTS:

ReDefine: FABRIC  /// March 22nd 6:30-10pm

Yarn Spinning Demo with Kim Mirus


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Arctic Threads

I weave pieces embedded with data about topics ranging from youth incarceration to the global environment in order to draw attention to important, yet often overlooked topics. Currently I am focused on retreating glaciers, declining ice masses, and the changing Arctic as visual symbols of our impact on the world around us. After traveling to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard for an artist residency to research our changing climate firsthand, I was struck by the amount of plastic and garbage from all over the world that washes up on these extremely remote islands near the North Pole. I plan to weave a new body of work, which will communicate statistics about our changing environment, incorporate imagery from remote places directly impacted by these changes, record information about the polar region, and explore potential solutions to have a positive impact on preserving these parts of our planet. The pieces will incorporate plastic collected from the Arctic shores and other repurposed materials, along with sustainable fibers. I plan to work both traditionally as well as more sculpturally as I integrate these concepts into my fiber-based work.