OCTOBER 30 TO NOVEMBER 23, 2019
Reception: Saturday, November 2, 1 to 4 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 2, at 2 PM
Heartspaces are not tidy. They are bloody and muscular and visceral. They throb with the rhythm of our life. As their chambers squeeze, then fill, they experience high and low tides in the space of a single beat.
Being human is not tidy. We are born from blood and viscera and the scream that gives us breath, while our deaths set in motion a rapid decay.
From beginning to end there is so much mess, in our lives, our psyches, our hearts, and our flawed selves. And yet there is so much opportunity for beauty, love, and connection.
We are an interconnected web, hidden, like the vast underground network that makes a forest. And like a forest, if we separate into smaller, divided sections, we all do more poorly.
In this show artist Kim-Lee Kho is interested in the visceral and emotional experience of our human hearts, of the life and connections we can find inside, outside and between our heartspaces.
Heartspace is part of her ongoing exploration of the human heart: as repository for emotions, as metaphor, as physical structure; using it as a gateway to what our hearts mean to us.
The work began with Kho’s fascination for three-dimensional medical models and antique anatomical illustrations on the one hand, and on the other with a stirring of emotion, which moved her hand to draw as a way of contemplating subject matter.
Heartspace explores these ideas in multiple media: drawing, painting, text, photography, digital, fibre, mixed media, film-based transfer prints, sculpture and the artist’s first zine.
Kim-Lee Kho is a self-taught multidisciplinary Canadian artist, and former graphic designer/art director, exploring subjective experience as a gateway to broader human concerns. The daughter of both a scientist and an artist, Kho’s process and interests combine both influences, in sometimes unexpected ways.
Kho has participated nationally in exhibitions, residencies, and mentorships including at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art (RICA) in Guelph ON, You Me Gallery in Hamilton ON, the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga ON, Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam BC, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby BC, and as part of a two-year travelling exhibition for the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in Alberta. She is a multiple Ontario Arts Council grant recipient.
A feature artist in both the 2016 and 2018 In Situ multi-arts festivals, Kho developed large-scale installations in multiple media and live drawing performances for both events, held at the Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) in Mississauga ON. Her 2015 solo exhibition Chains Unlinked a multi-layered immersive installation exploring internal and external barriers through temporary mural drawing, video, textile, and sculpture, was at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
In addition to her creative practice, Kho is a popular and knowledgeable arts instructor. She teaches at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of Art + Design, and Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke. She also teaches workshops, gives talks, live demonstrations, critiques, and juries exhibitions, at the invitation of numerous art groups, centres and galleries in Ontario.
Heartspace is Kim-Lee Kho’s debut solo exhibition as a member of The Red Head Gallery.