ARTISTS

Kim Grall

American b. 1961, Berea, OH, based in Westminster Station, VT

About Kim Grall

Kim Grall

Bird Bowl

2018

Basketball gourd with vine tiles, lined with paper

Dimensions

6 x 10 x 10 in

$175

Kim Grall

Red Bird box

2018

Bushel gourd with sub-mini gourd, lined with paper

10 x 6 x 6 in

$95

Kim Grall

Red Is Just A Color (mask)

2019

Top of flat bushel gourd with vine, fiber, leather, beads, feathers

13 in di w/6 in appendage

$195

Kim Grall

Spring Basket

2019

African wine kettle gourd with paper, leather cord, metal base

21 x 9 x 9 in

$275

Artist’s Statement

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Gourds are the perfect medium for incorporating all aspects of my creativity and my love of Earth. The fact that I grow them and see them through every stage of their life into the final process of drying, cleaning and deciding what to make them into, only increases the fulfillment of working with them.

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Biography

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Kim Grall is an artist working in a diverse array of mediums and techniques, including paper, fiber, leather, photography, printmaking, and pyrography.  Grall’s current work uses gourds as both a sculptural object and as a substrate for the artist’s toolbox of materials.  The gourds Grall uses are grown by the artist, seen through their entire life cycle intentioned to become art.  Through this intimacy with her material Grall finds the inspiration, process, and concept for her work.  The artist sees inspiration from nature in her subjects of the garden lifecycle, using pigmented paper to design and paint both the interiors and exteriors of her work.  The artist’s process finds comparisons with the making of sacred and ceremonial objects in the growing and drying methods used to produce the gourds, techniques of scarring and burning on their surfaces, and the use of vines, beads, feathers and fiber.  Grall’s work presents the concepts of utilitarian objects, made to be sacred objects, and treated as painted sculpture.

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