My work, with its emphasis on bulges, bumps, and contaminates, primarily illustrates boundaries - boundaries respected and boundaries crossed. Permeability and thick skin inhabit each end of the spectrum. My art charts barriers and contaminates, it maps galaxies and star clusters; it is intentionally ambiguous in its relationship to the microcosm and the macrocosm. Through controlled thought I add specificity to a poured blob (tumor, star, body, galaxy) or the drilled shape. There are blobs emerging from blobs, and shapes separating themselves from one another. The materials and process create the reality, they reflect the world as I know it, and as a result describe my experience.
Kim Manfredi earned her MFA at the Hoffberger School of Painting in May 2009. She was awarded both the Hoffberger and Polovoy Merit scholarships to attend. Kim studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art for her undergraduate degree as well. In 1988, she graduated cum laude with a BFA in painting. Recent exhibitions include C. Grimaldis Gallery, Sublime Structure, Conner Contemporary Art, Options Biennial Exhibition, and Hemphill Fine Arts, Landscape Biology. This spring Kim was a semi Finalist for the 2009 Janet and Walter Sondheim prize. She participated in the Maryland Art Place Critics’ Residency Program curated by Vincent Katz and is attending the Vermont Studio program in January. Currently her work can be seen at the 185th Annual :An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy Museum.