“It is the ever changing nature of the landscape which motivates me to try and capture the sensation of ephemeral images which appear and are gone in an instant.” Kim Cody
The Riverside Café Gallery is delighted to present in the first exhibition of 2017, solo show by local artist Kim Cody. Kim’s interest lies in trying to grasp the fleeting seconds when light and shade touch small corners of the earth, water or sky. She paints and draws the ephemeral moments which imprint in her mind.
In this exhibition, Kim is showing a mixture of work in oil paint, mixed media and charcoal drawing. We caught up with Kim and asked her about her career highs and her favourite work ahead of the exhibition opening…
What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work?
At the moment I am working on combining drawing and painting techniques by including more mark making in the paintings and using colour wash within the drawings. Almost all my ideas in the past fifteen years have been taken from the landscape, time and the weather.
What medium do you use in your practice and why? I often work out in the landscape using watercolour to make small sketches. It is a quick technique and easily captures the atmosphere and colour of my subjects. Back in the studio I develop these ideas and impressions as oil, acrylic or mixed media paintings or charcoal drawings.
What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start? It is the ever changing nature of the landscape which motivates me to try and capture the sensation of ephemeral images which appear and are gone in an instant. At the age of six I was given a beautiful watercolour paintbox. My parents were keen amateur naturalists and they encouraged me to paint and draw and to enter competitions ; they also took me aged eight to the Tate Gallery where I first saw Turner’s sketch books and was fascinated by his palette which I longed to touch but it was out of reach in a glass cabinet.
If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?
My favourite piece of work is a large oil painting titled “ Fragmented Light “ It came closest to what I was trying to achieve in representing scattered fragments of moving light. It is one of only two paintings I ever wanted to keep for myself but it is on the other side of the world now in New Zealand.
If you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is having the courage back in 2002 to leave my “ day job “ as a full time art teacher and move to France to concentrate solely on my own work.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? It is a toss-up between my electric kettle and my tatty old box of charcoal.
Where is your favourite place to see art? I think it is the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur which houses a wonderful collection of Impressionist paintings in a very serene setting.
Kim Cody, ‘Shadow and Light’, runs from the 6th – 20th January 2017 in the Riverside Café Gallery.