Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Lopez.
Kimberly, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a visual artist and communication scholar at California State University San Marcos.
Using photography as a primary medium, I advocate for and with marginalized voices to resist hegemonic narratives in visual culture. I am inspired by the collective power of women artists and the feminine community.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I work primarily with photography because the camera has been the most accessible tool to express myself.
Most of my work have been interested in the profound memory of places and spaces touched by human presence. More recently, the brown female body has become the focus of my creative research and artistic muse.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Defining success was something I recently discovered for myself. I come from a situation where my artistic pursuits are misunderstood and largely ignored by my immediate family. There are so many pressures and barriers to overcome as a woman artist in the working class, as a Latina, and other aspects of my identity that are hard to share publicly.
When I was growing up, I never imagined myself becoming a successful artist. It was instilled in me that being an artist was not a viable career because there was no guarantee for economic upward mobility.
However, I find this definition of success to be completely at odds to my current notion of success. Instead, I view the successful artist as someone that is not afraid to be vulnerable, that shares their story and rejects the status quo.
A successful artist is also subversive; they allow the viewer to undergo a transformative experience through their medium. Ideally, that transformation will continue beyond the initial encounter, but it can manifest in smaller, more subtle ways as well.
Success is something that should not be easily measured; it’s something you find specifically for yourself and your community.
The most essential quality of an artist is their ability to communicate. Building connections to those around you is so vital for the pursuit of success and personal growth. Communication is a learned skill; how powerful it must be to be able to convey one’s thoughts and experiences in a well-articulated, evocative manner.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
One of my pieces was recently shown at the Mesa College Arts Gallery for a show titled “Subterranean.” The group exhibition, which was curated by the Mesa College Museum Studies program, runs until April 25.
The next group exhibition will be at New Village Arts in Carlsbad. This exhibit was organized by a passionate group of women artists and professors from CSUSM. We invite you to the opening reception of “A Body of Work: Exploring the Female Experience” at the Foundry Artist Studios on April 25th, 5-8PM. The show will run from April 25 through May 20. It’s free and open to the public.
- Website: https://kimboshrimp.wordpress.com/
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