Kimberly A. Laudert
Kimberly A. Laudert practices in drawing, painting, and fiber art. She has exhibited with Artability, Sower Gallery, and Avivo ArtWorks. She has participated Art-A-Whirl, St. Paul Art Crawl, and with Wild Women’s Artisan Guild. She is a member of the Avivo ArtWorks Collective, has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and is a poet. Currently, Kimberly is working on commissions and expanding her portfolio. She is an Avivo ArtWorks Collective Member.
I thrive because I believe darkness, difficulty, and even death can give rise to creativity, grace, and joy. I attend to what is before me to express gratitude by using universal prompts. I am an alchemist whose artistry transmutes life into art. I encourage the viewer to interact with my art.
As a visual artist, I create in acrylics, fiber, pastels, charcoal, and food. I am drawn to capturing nature, animals, abstract landscapes, and still life. I have shown and sold pieces of artwork at the Science Museum, Sower Museum, and Artability shows. In earlier years, I made and sold jewelry, primitive dolls, and pouches. In addition, I have a lifelong experience with writing poetry.
Nature influences me as well as the beauty that can arise in the challenges of life. I am deeply moved, impressed, and influenced by the art of Van Gogh, which is often reflected in my work. In my day dreams, and at the places where I paint, felt, chop, and engage, my art is born. My work has been crafted in the middle of the night and other dark spaces such as in throes of a depressed state. I show my progress to a loyal and ever-present group of friends, cohorts, and community who support and travel with me wherever I go.
I make life real through engaging the senses of the body. I find joy in the voices joining in to sing at Avivo, in the vibrancy of my acrylic painting Chick en Drag, in the waft of the garlic used as a still life model, the taste of freshly chunked and roasted red, yellow, and chioga beets, and in poetry brought to life when spoken. All of this inspires my artistic practice.
I believe that the difficulty in life often also provides me with inspiration and beauty even when I am “in deep.” Mental health and physical issues inform some of the best poetry and art I have created. It drove me to declare my “Year of Art” in August 2017. This led me to Artability and Avivo. Art continues to be the constant ribbon moving throughout my life. Everything and every experience has the potential to sponsor and create appreciation, and thus, underscoring and encouraging life.
View extended portfolio and resume here: https://avivoartworks.weebly.com/kimberlyalaudert.html