Kim Waldron, Beautiful Creatures – Sonia Pelletier, On the Job or in the Work

Kim Waldron, Rabbit Skinning, 2013, de la série / from the series Beautiful Creature, impression jet d'encre / inkjet print, 102 x 103 cm

Kim Waldron, Rabbit Skinning, 2013, de la série / from the series Beautiful Creature, impression jet d’encre / inkjet print, 102 x 103 cm

Over the years, it has been possible to observe a strong trend in Kim Waldron’s photographic work  – a central theme or modus operandi that has been evident in her projects since the very beginning. The artist usually appears in her images, but although she is the central subject, she is not really performing a “spectacle of the self.” Rather, her exhibitions, structured around a series of images, involve life stories that are presented more as “self-practices” linked to the workplace and what goes on there. Establishing a connection between the self and the other and making possible the processing and acquisition of knowledge, labour constructs identities that Waldron adopts in her pieces. Each project has its original aspect, but all are inhabited by a certain “aesthetic of existence,” to use Foucault’s expression. The process of creation through labour plays a large part, and at the same time we perceive the transfer from space of experience to space of art.

More concretely, most of Waldron’s projects are made during residencies. It is during these long stays that the artwork emerges, enabling her to establish links between private and public, to experience discomfort, as well as control and its loss, and to put herself in the other’s skin. In the end, in addition to acquiring gratitude and raising some awareness, the artist is committed to returning access to private spaces – a sharing of the sensory – to the other. Translated by Käthe Roth.

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Kim Waldron was born in Montreal. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University and an MFA from Concordia University. She has exhibited extensively, most notably at the Musée régional de Rimouski, Oboro (Montreal), Œil de Poisson (Quebec City), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), the Art Gallery of Windsor,and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montreal). She is a 2013 recipient of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellow- ship in Contemporary Art and she just won the Pierre-Ayot Award 2013, from the city of Montreal.

Sonia Pelletier is the editorial coordinator of Ciel variable.

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