Kim Menapace is a multimedia artist from Philadelphia, PA currently working out of Magdalena, NM. Menapace received their Bachelors of Fine Art in painting with an emphasis in glass and fiber studies from The Cleveland Institute of Art in May of 2016. Menapace's work reflects their fascination with the process of making, both physically and theoretically. Their artwork's illustrative media application and interaction simultaneously provides the viewer with a visual narrative and a material sensitivity that seamlessly inform one another.
Menapace’s work is heavily informed by symbolism, especiallly the Victorian language of flowers. The floral imagery is often embroidered, a process that mirrors the winding of growing plant roots. Layers of delicately fused “glass lace” are another prominent element in Menapace’s work, adding a sense of delicate preciousness. Flashes of gold leafing enforce that preciousness as well as assigning value to that which it gilds.
Their work seeks to find balance, both physically and conceptually; while predominantly addressing the dichotomy humanity has created in our separation from nature. When closely scrutinized, this dichotomy is revealed to be an illusion, as humanity is of what we perceive as nature.