My work begins with archival documents (illustrated histories, books of popular science) and develops into imagined reckonings with the history they represent.
My recent work has been focused around constructing large-scale collages, made from small fragments of printed matter. Their scale and image is in dialogue, through gesture or mimicry, with the human body. The work appears as painted or inked surfaces from a distance and the work asserts its materiality, and the slow time and the labor of making, as the viewer approaches. Up close the holes, the fingerprints, the artifacts of the printing process and fragments of recognizable photographs appear. It is this encounter with the materiality of the work that is part of my investigation - how it looks at a glance and what it reveals (how it falls apart) as the viewer gets closer to the work.
A native of Maine, Selena Kimball earned her BFA in sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College. Recently her large-scale wall installations have been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art (2011) and the University of North Texas (2010). She will be in a two-person show this summer at Wolfstaedter Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany. Kimball has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell colony, Blue Mountain Center, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Her published work can be seen in the collage novel THE SLEEPING LIFE OF LEONORA DE LA CRUZ, which she produced together with Agnieszka Taborska (Gdansk 2004, slowo/obraz teryrtoria; New York 2007, Midmarch Arts Press; Paris 2007, Édition Interférences). Kimball is adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School and Hunter College, CUNY. She lives and works in Brooklyn.