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Meet Kime Buzzelli

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kime Buzzelli.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Ohio a few days before Halloween and have probably been obsessed with mysteries and costumes ever since. As a kid, I would make paper dolls, cut up fashion magazines and play shop owner. I was always crafting weird plays with costumes and taking polaroids of interesting things around my neighborhood. I was a curious kid and remained a curious adult. My Mom encouraged my love of art and fashion and would take me vintage shopping. She would often say that as a kid, I preferred to wear weird outfits with clashing prints and patterns and didn’t want to wear what anyone else was wearing. I have always been self motivated and perhaps even a little delusional in the sense that I felt I could do anything I wanted to do. I’ve ever tried to steer clear of restricting thoughts. It feels like I’ve been making art forever. I had wanted to move to Cali since I was a kid and dreamed of one day becoming an artist & costume designer. I’ve always had my hands in many artistic projects at one time, from taking photographs to painting to designing clothes and curating small boutiques (I am currently on my third one.) I like to move my creative energy around a lot and collaborate with other creatives, which is why owning shops has always helped me to connect to new and exciting people. I tend to think that hard work and practice can achieve great things and help you to evolve as an artist and maker. After I graduated college, I opened a small shop for two years and then closed it to drive across the country to Cali, the magical home of sunshine and palm trees. Since living here, I have owned two shops (one for almost ten years and current one “THE END” for eight) I have worked as a stylist, a tv costume designer and as a freelance artist. I have shown my work in galleries & books all over the world. I have been fortunate to call the desert my home for the past nine years.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a multimedia painter. I tend to make my work on heavy papers or found objects like old drawers or wooden boxes while working on the floor. I am heavily influenced by women and their stories, pop culture, erotic imagery, crazy foliage, plus lyrics from music or old films. I love dripping paint, happy accidents and layering. My artwork has definitely evolved from crazy installations influenced by voyeurism and the female body to paintings of psychedelic dreamscapes with elements of fashion and storytelling. My work tends to help me meditate & daydream, so I try to be as loose as possible when working because I want my subconscious to take over and perhaps incorporate things for reasons I may not even comprehend. I try to leave any problems at the studio door. So I put music on and can get lost in a painting for hours. It is all about layers of colors and patterns and hidden messages I am picking up as I go. I guess I hope people can find lots of different meanings in my work, some of which I feel is for the observer to discover & not for me to know.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Thriving as an artist is pretty hard. It is a daily hustle to stay focused and do the work and connect to the right people who will support your art. I have had some difficult days as a young artist struggling to make rent and have the right space to work in. LA has less affordable spots now, which perhaps is why many folks are moving further outside of the city. I think it would be great for people with spaces to help create artist co-ops to allow artists to work and show. Maybe let artists create work for city projects, or better connect to the businesses who may be able to assist in getting the artist’s work out into the world.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have been in many art shows in the US as well as places like Japan. I often display work in local galleries here in the CA desert as well as friends spots in LA. I just had a show in New Orleans and showed at Hey There Projects group show in Joshua tree. My work has been in magazines like Juxtapoz, Swindle, Lula fashion mag, Nylon, W, Cosmo, Bust mag, Flaunt as well as books like Fashion Illustration Next by laird Borrelli. I made a makeup palette for Urban Decay with my art as well as a line of clothes and shoes for VANS. I am hoping to update my sad, outdated website with new stuff soon. I always have artwork and t-shirts available in my desert shop THE END in Yucca valley.

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