Interview: Kimberly Adamis
Luca Curci talks with Kimberly Adamis during LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2022, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Kimberly Adamis is an LA-based artist/photographer whose work spans through multi-medias. Her work can currently be viewed in galleries here in the US and abroad in Rome, Venice, London, and at the upcoming “The Other Art Fair” in Los Angeles, CA. “I’m obsessed with art, fashion and music, so I truly love and feel privileged to do what I do. I’ve been a music tour photographer for the band Heart (and others) and have traveled all over the continent as well as around the globe on my own. I love taking “creative” portraits of people I meet along the way. To make it fun I’ll wrap them in abstract fabrics/clothes and do random things with their hair and makeup in an effort to take them out of their comfort zone. My goal is to introduce them to a new side of themselves. Once I’m back in my studio I play with the photos in Photoshop with the final step of overlaying one of my organically drawn “hairdos” on top. Over the years I’ve created books full of fine-tipped pen drawings so I have plenty to pull from. Creating curves and patterns puts me in a meditative state so these drawings are not pre-planned, they just happen. So far, one always matches up with a portrait and “magically” a new piece of PhotoArt is born”.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Kimberly Adamis – I’ve always been interested in photography and art but once I moved to Los Angeles the intensity of my obsession with both became a way of life. I live along the coast and among diversity in all facets, including people, art, and open-minded liberal culture. During the recent summers (Pre-COVID) I was a music tour photographer for the band HEART so I was again, exposed to many different scenes and surroundings. Traveling to 50+ different cities throughout the year also helped feed me creatively. I love taking portraits of people I meet along the way. Beautiful faces, colors, shapes, shadows, and inspiring light sources are at our fingertips in all facets of life. I truly believe in “Art Is Everywhere” and I’m always inspired by what I’m surrounded by at any given time.
LC – What are your thoughts while you create? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
KA – The key for me is NOT to think. My favorite pieces have been created while in a meditative trance. I frequently create and do not realize that hours have passed. I only take a break if I’m thirsty, need to stretch or have a restroom break. A common ritual for me is to listen to a really good song on repeat. I do this so I can feel the song and enjoy what it brings without it interrupting my creative flow.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
KA – Oh, I love this question. Most of us carry inner beauty and strength that needs to come out. I hope that my art can tap into something deep inside to help others express what’s inside them.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
KA – I honestly don’t know what that feels like. I never really feel like my work is complete. But there IS a sense of relief and pride knowing I did my best and hopefully it can bring out an emotion of some kind for someone.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
KA – For me, it’s very fulfilling… Sure, there are a lot of artists out in the world but we are all doing our own thing. I never let that be a reason to stop doing what I love. The wonderful creatives I meet out in the world at shows, galleries, or other exhibits are usually so supportive and we wish each other well. The creative world doesn’t feel like a “taking” world, it feels like a “giving” world. We all want to give the viewer something to soak in, think about, feel or just escape to.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
KA – The theme is “Relationship Between Body and Space”. I feel like my piece displays a close intertwining translation of love and connection using the hands as the vehicle. The dancers’ hands that joined together for this PhotoArt was a real moment.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
KA – For this exhibit, I have one art piece titled: WE ARE ONE. This was taken during a photoshoot I had been hired to do for a new Dance Theatre Company. The original photo was taken as an afterthought at the very end of their rehearsal when everyone was tired and saying their goodbyes. They all joined hands, intertwined their fingers, and stayed there for a moment. It felt so spiritual and I couldn’t resist capturing this moment in time. I duplicated the image in photoshop to create more drama, but the initial essence was unmistakable.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
KA – Yes! And I feel like they do it quite well. Exposing a huge variety of art forms to different countries and art lovers is the best way. They are also very cool people and wonderful about questions and offer wonderful guidance. I’ve been honored to have exhibited in their shows in Rome, Venice, and now London. Looking forward to more!
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
KA – Yes, very much so and I look forward to it again. Thank you again for the opportunity to share.