Updated: Nov 9, 2021
Meet felt :: feutre canada member Kimberly Tucker, whose work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in public art galleries in Canada and the United States. Kimberly lives and creates art in the village of Apsley, Ontario.
She says her work is informed by “her daily interaction with the natural world… as I hike in the woods with my sighthounds. I find inspiration in my surroundings, often it may be something as small as the mound of green moss I have stepped on in passing, and taking a moment to watch as it recovers from my footprint.”
Her creative process takes many forms: sculpture, felting, or assemblage, but her concept invariably probes the interrelationship between humanity and nature.
In 2013, Kimberly graduated with honours from the Visual and Creative Arts Program at Haliburton School for Art and Design and has since pursued further studies in felting. In 2018, she was awarded a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Centre. She also took part in a residency at Mildred’s Lane in NY. Currently she’s enrolled in studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Recently we talked to Kimberly about creating during Covid. We appreciate her taking the time off her busy school schedule to chat.
Tell us about your last show. The highlights?
My last show was at the John M. Parrot Art Gallery in Belleville Ontario in a city where I don’t know anyone. The floors and walls were carpeted with linen which made for a wonderfully intimate sound experience. The opening was in January 2020 and coincided with the city’s monthly art crawl. I got a wonderful surprise when a group of felting friends appeared, having travelled a good distance for the show.
I remember one woman touching every single piece in the show, running her hands along the entirety of each piece. Watching her, I was thinking how incredibly alluring felt is. It turned out she was blind and found the tactile experience very moving.
In the guest book some people mentioned it was their third time visiting the show. The janitor said he was glad he didn’t have to clean in the gallery after hours by himself. (which I LOVED to hear) People thought the show was “funny AND dangerous.”
How do you feel when you’re not creating?
When I’m not creating I read, and I get outside. Nature is my muse. The way a spiderweb clings, the wandering growth patterns of lichen, or the swaying of tree branches high up in the canopy.
I really miss being able to go to galleries to experience other artists work. Although social media can be an endless source of artwork to look at, and so readily accessible in a Covid world, rarely do I go there for inspiration. There is a disconnect and it leaves me feeling a little deflated, so I limit how much I use virtual platforms to view artwork.
Why did you decide to go back to school, and what are you looking forward to studying?
I went back to school because I’ve always wanted to study art and get my degree. I want to expand my knowledge and understanding through the study of sculpture. I always wanted to study at Emily Carr and if there is any bright lining to the awfulness of COVID, you could say it has expanded accessibility to learning through virtual studies, zoom critiques, and lectures. Imagine living in a small rural village where it’s a good 40-minute drive to the nearest town and being able to study. Studying from my home offers huge advantages. It has bridged the distance between Ontario and British Columbia!
To learn more about Kimberly visit: https://www.kimberlytucker.ca/
Thank you Kimberly for your time.