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Abstract AND Design!?
Anastasia breaks through the traditional format of 'abstract painting' to develop a technique which combines emotion with intellect and abstract with design.
Creating a series of impressionistic landscapes using ink and other mixed media on heavy card, she then cuts the papers into small pieces. Now blending, arranging and inlaying the bits from the different originals, she fastens the unstructured clips together and details this new composition with oil pastel, gold leaf, vinyl etc... Once mounted on a stained birch board and varnished, she has created a new scene that is even more abstract but also, conversely, designed, structured and rhythmic.
Mixing arts and craft, Anastasia is an artist with a degree in fashion design and European Haute Couture construction. As well as having worked many years as a window designer and stylist, she has also designed and hand-crafted thousands of cards and stationary. Her resume also includes over a decade of experience and study in the art of acting, both in Canada and the United States.
Now as a visual artist, she combines the varied practices, theories and influences of her multi-faceted background in the arts and design to create her visual art works. These range from the emotional spontaneity honed in the study of performance, to the meticulous planning, pattern making and design details learned in fashion design, to the practices of editing, splicing and composing as is in film making, to craft a final picture.
Anastasia Kimmett was raised in the town of Carp, on the outskirts of Ottawa, Ontario and after having lived in Toronto and Los Angeles, she in now based in British Columbia, Canada and represented in Canada and the United States.
"Every act of creation is first an act of destruction”. Pablo Picasso.
"It’s not just a pretty picture. To create the tree, the seed is destroyed. To create the log, the tree is destroyed. To create the paper, the log is destroyed. To create my paintings, the paper is destroyed. To create my final work, my paintings are destroyed.
I've always loved my process for resulting in these things that wear at least a few steps of the creation and destruction process, on the face of them."
2019 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB