QCP is taking the works of twelve Australian photo-media artists to Photo LA (15 – 18 January 2015) and Photo Contemporary (1 – 3 May 2015). This series of focus interviews gives an insight into the selected artists.
How did you first become interested in art and photography?
I know I was quite young, but I can’t remember exactly where or when I first opened a book and saw Goya’s ‘The Dog”. However, I do remember being profoundly moved, more so than with anything else I had seen, read or heard in my short life. In a strange way this painting predating photography was, like much of Goya’s works, related to the theatre and drama of cinema. It was kind of like an awakening. I don’t think it was ever a conscious decision to become a photographic visual artist. My early works where installation and sculpturally based that held a sense of the frozen frame akin to the cinematic or photographic image. Therefore, it was inevitable photographic media would come to dominate my practice.
What work are you showing in LA?
I’ll be showing some new sculptural photographic works that follow on from the Portraits of the Unknown series which have become an ongoing project. This time I’m creating images within images, that paradoxically appear to optically advance and recede, causing an intimate yet distancing relationship with the viewer. It is an oscillation of sorts giving way to the infinite, as always in my work, there is no definitive end nor beginning. I feel these new works may be more overt than those exhibited previously in Photo LA as they demand a response from both an emotional and perceptual perspective.
What are your plans for 2015?
Being part of The QCP International in Photo LA with a group of exciting established/establishing artists is always a highlight of my year and I know next year will be another exceptional experience. I intend visiting LA in April/May next year as QCP International will also be exhibiting in Photo Contemporary for the first time. On return, I will be focusing on a solo show including an array of new works of unknown portraits which I am hoping will travel onto various venues. The Asia Pacific Sovereign Art Prize nominates artists from various countries within the region and this year Gael Newton nominated myself for 2015, which is humbling and an honour. Along with fellow QCP International artist Henri van Noordenburg, I have recently joined an exciting German Gallery (Galerie Kunstkomplex) of which we are both exhibiting in December 2014.
For more information about Kim Demuth and the LA program, please visit the new QCP International website and Kim Demuth’s website.