Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Marra.
Kim, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised on Long Island. I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but when I was young that manifested with my drawing Disney cartoons obsessively. That changed over time, and I started painting around 15. I got my BFA in painting at a small school in upstate New York, and shortly thereafter moved to New York City. I lived in Brooklyn, trying to make my way as an artist but mostly struggling with mediocre jobs and losing my mind on the subway. I didn’t feel like I had the time or space to really concentrate on my art career, so after much deliberation, I moved to Los Angeles. That was about a year and a half ago, and it really has been a great experience for me. I’ve met so many artists who have been kind enough to help me find my way here and have been able to show my work more than ever before. And of course, the weather doesn’t hurt.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My paintings explore the concept of home. Memories of my childhood home come in flashes; fleeting images of hardwood floors, marble tile and itchy carpet that I struggle to hold on to. In my work, I use geometric shapes and bold colors to create visceral textures that evoke memories of my past. I reconfigure these elements to create new environments that reflect the feelings I associate with places I’ve called home. I paint abstract representations of wood grain, bricks and greenery alongside graphic bold colors. This contrast creates depth and fragmentation to augment the environments I build. My recent work experiments with breaking the rectangular plane by assembling wooden panels into irregular shapes. Through this process I feel as if I’m building a foundation for the home I’ve always struggled to find. My paintings act as a portal to another place, be it mine or yours, past or future. They are meant to be explored as they welcome you, surround you, beyond your control, take you home.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I think this is something that all working artists struggle with, and unfortunately there’s no one way to handle it or big secret. The way I’ve managed is by working a steady job that allows me to be creative and doesn’t require me to work any over time. I’ve had so many jobs since school, ranging from waitressing, to dog walking, to fabrication, to design. What works best for me is to work a job that doesn’t mentally or physically exhaust me too much to head to the studio in the evening and on the weekends. Working a 9-5 does make it difficult to make time for your art, but at least you can afford to pay your rent!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Most of my completed work is on my website, kimmarra.com. If I have any shows coming up I’ll update the news section of my site, and you can also subscribe to my mailing list. I update my Instagram with in progress pieces, and my handle is @kimmmarra. To support my work please come out to see any shows I’m a part of, and if there’s a piece anyone’s interested in purchasing please reach out to me! My contact information is on my website.
- Website: kimmarra.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kimmmarra
- Twitter: @funnyhat