A note for new collectors
In the institutional art world there are two formal, written works that seem to make someone a real artist: The “Artist’s Statement” and the formal biography. One is written in 1st person and the other in 3rd person. There is no reason for this except convention.
For some artists, the statement alone is more valuable than the work. The story more interesting than the art itself. In fact, sometimes the statement is the art. Without these pieces of writing, regardless of the nature of the work, we are “outsider artists” who nobody takes seriously until after we die.
So here are mine.
I seek out the crux –
themes of belonging, exclusion, home, otherness, independence, self expression and boundaries;
my work is a meditation on what it means to be a human.
Not just now or in this culture, but is there a thread we can find that is our core nature?
The point of connection, the moment of struggle.
I talk with the demons that guard my true path.
Befriend them, express them and place them in positions of high regard.
I walk along the cracks between sides, the fissures in the whole
I look at the world as if running my hand along old, hard wood,
the splinter that pierces my skin is what I need to paint:
that which is most alive, most conflicted, most unresolved.
Finding and flipping every switch I find inside myself, just to see what it illuminates.
I want to know why two perfect notes create dissonance,
and what has to happen to make them beautiful together.
Kim Mobey (born 1980) is a self-taught South African artist. Her work has sold through galleries and to private collectors since the age of 16, and she began regularly exhibiting in 2003. In 2017, when she was selected as a finalist for the PPC Imaginarium awards with “In This Skin”, her sculptural work gained wider recognition, being shown at the Turbine Art Fair, the Johannesburg Art Fair and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. In 2019 one of Mobey’s portraits “Nora in Winter” was selected for the Top 40 shortlist for the Sanlam Portrait Award.
Within her humanistic approach, she is deeply affected by ancient mythologies and modern science. Though her work is rooted in reality and documented histories, she makes generous use of artistic license, playfully upturning stereotypical notions of aesthetics, gender, race, age or class – and reflecting her disregard for fixed identities and how these bear out in current society.
She now largely eschews the conventional gallery scene in favour of new media. Keeping a tight reign on her practice and availability, she limits her commercial gallery exposure largely to prints, while supporting her practice through the ongoing support and patronage of a dedicated group of collectors, sponsors and philanthropists.
Her current work includes painting, sculpture, photography, public murals, music, poetry, design, engineering and performance along with consulting and teaching.
2017 – The V&A Watershed, Cape Town “Art Africa Fair”
2017 – UJ Gallery, Johannesburg, PPC Imaginarium Finalist
2017 – Turbine Hall, Johannesburg “Turbine Hall Art Fair”
2018 February – Cape Town “Investec Cape Town Art Fair”
2019 August – Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town “Sanlam Portrait Award”
2020 November – Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town “Home is where the Art is”
2021 May – Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town “Not A Portrait”