Kim MiskowiczOakland, CA
"I think back to that moment when the Portals of the Past framed not a mansion, not a garden, but a whole smoldering terrain, more tragic but also more wide open than before or after, a long pause between two phases, as ruins often are."
- Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise, Landscapes for Politics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007) p. 368.
Our exposure to so much information on a daily basis creates breaks in continuous thoughts similar to a building obstructing a view of a simple horizon. My paintings and films are inspired by the belief in therapeutic effects of viewing distant forms in the landscape. I use film and video as a multiplier and quick viewer of minutely varied compositions. This process simulates changing speeds at which one moves through physical and electronic environments. Exploring landscape in this manner allows me to question how it affects psychology, decisions and, more specifically, determining what of our personal, emotional and informational lives one preserves versus invalidates.
Kim Miskowicz received her BFA in 1995 in Painting from the University of New Mexico. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 and has been collecting landscape photographs ever since Muni electrical lines forced a lengthy bout of nostalgia for seeing skies without interruptions. In 1998, she studied experimental film for one year at the San Francisco Art Institute. Most recently her work has shown at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA and at Krowswork gallery in Oakland, CA.