Kim Menapace brilliantly incorporates symbolism, perspectives and mediums, creating sophisticated works dealing with sensitive societal issues. Menapace exemplifies today’s artistic pluralism, by repurposing post-modern, modernist and low brow methods, creating cutting edge works reflecting today’s world.
As if she were using her own handwriting in a personal diary, her paintings document her observations of the disturbing world in which we live. She sites chauvinism, dependence, psychological torment and human decay in these stunning expressionist works of art.
My embroidered paintings explore the unseen history of women “hobbyists”, whose work and practice was not valued as art, specifically “fine art”. However, this is not the sole subject of my paintings; I bring in elements of modernist paintings, a movement heavy with male painters, who are never called “male painters”. These two subjects exist separately within the work, but have moments of symbiotic interaction where they are woven together. By bringing together these elements of “low“ art and “high” art, I create a visual balance between the high and low, the painter and the hobbyist, the masculine and feminine.
In my most recent body of work, I embroider flowers, paint white abstract geometric forms, and include accents of gold leaf, all composed on raw, untreated canvas. The untreated canvas also contains charcoal figure drawings that appear as sketches or under paintings, seeming unfinished. An internal frame extends out of the geometric forms. The figure drawn in charcoal exists both inside and outside the frame while the embroidery weaves around the white forms and frame both visually and physically. The frame represents the “eye” of the art world, what is being validated by receiving attention from galleries, collectors, and most importantly, theorists. The frame is arbitrary placed in the work, what exists inside is not any more important than what is outside.
Main Line Princeembroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas15” x 15”$150.
Birth of Ignoranceembroidery floss, charcoal, chalk pastel, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas10″ x 20″$100.
Vein Ripperembroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas15” x 15”$150.
Holy Trinityembroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas12” x 12”$150.
Birth of Knowledgeembroidery floss, charcoal, chalk pastel, acrylic, and glitter on canvas20” x 30”$300.
Day Dreamembroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas20” x 20”$425.
Dependable Oblivionembroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas20” x 30 ”$450.
Beautiful Decayembroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas25” x 20″$350.
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
20” x 25″
Dreaming of Absent Loveembroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas17” x 40″$550.