Kimberlee Koym-Murteira
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Artist Statement 

I am a consumer of unwanted toxicities that leads me on a quest for beauty, humor, vitality, and connection. As a dyslexic and child of a disrupted household, disorientation was a common state for me. I adopted other families and collected good energy from people I liked as a kid, and built from that a energy collection process, I continue to hone.

I use water as a lens like a kid with a magnifying glass, pulling things - in this case transparent layers of video imagery- apart to study them. I observe gestures, simple acts of caring, an expression, an emotional record, studying actions. I love video as a fluid painting device for collaging. I choose to work with liquids -- for their transparency, and as they are too slippery for me to fully control. I engage a process of disorientation to rotate and shake the snowglobe of my life, and enjoy the sparkle, beauty of light and movement, being projected through water. This projection process traces the energy of people, ghosting their shadows, heightening the glow of their reality.

My videos are always housed, ordinary supplies such as glass bottles, cereal bag liners, and plastic bags ground the work materially. forming into a sculpture, activating an installation, becoming a projection machine. They mark connections between the virtual and physical; connections and pathways, electricity and water colliding in the same conduit, expressing the complexity of beauty, anxiety, and love.


Using water, video, and mason jars, Kimberlee creates a branch of new media arte povera. From small sculptures to large scale video projection machines she uses light, water, and movement to reflect people. They mark intersections with technology and the everyday, connections between the virtual and physical; pathways between the environment and people. Kimberlee grew up in San Antonio,Texas, USA, and happily calls Northern California home now. She earned her MFA from Mills College & a MA from Central St. Martins, London. She teaches new media art at Diablo Valley College and California College of the Arts.

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I am a maker of bubbling life cycles, a mad tinkerer of wonder and electricity, an avid admirer of natural phenomena, a consumer of unwanted toxicities, an architect of interactive apparatuses.