KATIE KIMMEL

United States

Gifts For Giving
November 3rd – 24th 2017
Project Room

Katie Kimmel is an illustrator, painter, and sculptor with work that celebrates both materialism and habits of consumerism. Her “Gifts For Giving” show hypostatizes a fascination with impersonal gift giving and reflects the artist’s own feelings on giving and receiving gifts. Her ceramic sculptures include food, fruits and kitchen objects with simplistic, funny, yet too-happy and concerned faces. One highlight would be a group of devious pears engulfing a man serenely laying in their midst. Kimmel received her BFA from The School of the Arts Institute of Chicago in 2015 and is currently making art in Los Angeles

Katie Kimmel is an artist working in Hermosa Beach, California. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 where she studied ceramics, video and painting. Katie enjoys writing biographies in the third person.

Tell us a bit about your work, career, school, city, ideas, etc
I’m currently located in Los Angeles and I work full time making artwork. I went to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I studied ceramics, painting, and I took a bunch of puppetry classes J I’ve got a lot of ideas and they are all so so etc.

Food plays an important role in your work, did you play with your food as a kid?
No I think I was too busy smashing it into my face. I did get my entire house infested with mice as a kid because I was hoarding pizza boxes to make a giant fort in the backyard. My plan was to layer it with tape until it was waterproof but I didn’t have the sense to remove the leftover pizza from the box when I secretly dragged it into my closet. My mom was super happy about it.

Describe the ultimate gift basket
Headphones, peaches, chips, the Bordeaux chocolates from Sees Candy, gummy worms, fancy cheese, beef jerky, dog toys, alcohol, olive oil, and popcorn.

You make sculptures but you also create paintings, both are equally great, when can we expect edible art?
I once tried to bake a birthday cake that I had heavily hyped to everyone because I was using a novelty cake pan that looked like a big cupcake. It crumbled very dramatically in my hands all over the table when I tried to remove it from the pan. I was so traumatized I ran outside and screamed up at the sky (I was 16 obviously). So probably never haha.

What is currently influencing you that might surprise people?
Those websites where you can download specialty items straight into your Sims game. I don’t even have The Sims (because I’d never get anything done) but I like to look.

Any kiln explosions/tragedies you care to share?
I made 12 ceramic lemons once and forgot to poke air holes so during the firing process 9 of them exploded- I just sat in the next room counting and feeling dumb.

Describe your work environment – Music, TV, Movies, things you drink/smoke, time of day etc
The last few months I’ve been working out of my friend and fellow ceramic artist Lorien Stern’s studio (lorienstern.com) so we mostly just chat and listen to podcasts. I wake up early early and am most productive then and she wakes up much later and will work late into the night so it’s a lot like the plot of Benjamin Button in that way (I haven’t seen the movie). Maybe a surprise to some but I almost never drink or smoke in the studio.

If you could choose only one, would you rather be thought of as a great artist or a nice person?
I think more than anything I just want people to know I smell good.

Shrimp #3
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3.5 x 3 x 1 Inches
Hangs on the wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
Availability: SOLD

Iced Pretzel
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 2.5 x .5 Inches
Hangs on the wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
Availability: SOLD

Iced Pretzel 2
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 2.5 x .5 Inches
Hangs on the wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
Availability: SOLD

Hot Mustard Boy
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3 x 3 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $50
Availability: SOLD

Fancy Jam Man
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 4 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $75
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Jelly Man
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3 x 3.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $75
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Mug Present
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 5.5 x 3.5 x 7.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $450
Availability: SOLD

Cookie Bag Boy
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 4.5 x 2.5 x 6.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $75
Availability: SOLD

Jelly Bean Baby
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 4 x 2 x 6 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $75
Availability: SOLD

Hot Sauce
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Can also be used a vase!
Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 9.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $125
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Crybaby White Wine
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Can also be used a vase!
Size: 5 x 5 x 16.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $250
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Good Red Drink
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Can also be used a vase!
Size: 5 x 5 x 14 Inches
Year: $250
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Guy With Pear
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 19 x 10.5 x 9.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $2500
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Pear Baby
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $150
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Pear Boy
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $150
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Pear Baby #2
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3.5 x 3.5 x 7 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $120
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Pear Teen
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 5 x 5 x 8.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $200
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Dad Pear
Media: Handmade ceramic and glaze
Size: 16 x 10.5 x 10.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $600
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Mom Pear
Media: Handmade ceramic and glaze
Size: 14 x 12 x 11 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $600
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Strawberry Cheesecake
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 16 x 16 x 6 Inches
Can lay flat or hang on the wall
Year: 2017
Price: $900
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Cashew Girls & Pistachio Boys
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3 x 1.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $120
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Present Bow
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 x 3 Inches
Can lay flat or hang on wall
Year: $125
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Ghordelli Red
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3 x .5 Inches
Can lay flat or hang on the wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
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Ghordelli Blue
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3 x .5 Inches
Can lay flat or hang on the wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
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Ghordelli Yellow
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3 x .5 Inches
Can lay flat or hang on the wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
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Edible Woman
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 30 x 40 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $3000
Availability: Inquire

Delivery
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 30 x 40 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $3000
Availability: Inquire

Tuxedo Strawberry
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 2 x 1.5 x 4 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
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Tuxedo Strawberry #2
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 2 x 1.5 x 4 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
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Tuxedo Strawberry #3
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 2 x 1.5 x 4 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
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Cheese Disk
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 4 x 3.5 x .5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $40
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Sad Cheese Disk
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3 x 1.5 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $40
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Brie Girl
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 4 x 2 x 3 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $75
Availability: SOLD

Basket Woman
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 7 x 5.5 x 14.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1500
Availability: Inquire

Non Edible Arrangement
Media: Handmade ceramic and glaze
Size: 12 x 12 x 19.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $2000
Availability: Inquire

iPod Mini
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 2.5 x 4.5 x .5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $60
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Strawberry Candy
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 1.5 x 1.5 x 2.5 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $50
Availability: SOLD

Green Candy
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 4.5 x 1 x 2 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $40
Availability: SOLD

Salami
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 8 x 1.5 x 2.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $125
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Salami #2
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 8 x 1.5 x 2.5 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $125
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Salami #3
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 8 x 1.5 x 2.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $125
Availability: SOLD

Hard Salami Stick
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 6.5 x 2 x 2 Inches
Hangs on wall
Year: 2017
Price: $100
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Baseball
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 3 x 3.5 x 3 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $75
Availability: SOLD

Slim Cheese
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 1.5 x 1 x 4 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $40
Availability: SOLD

Spatula
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 5 x 3.5 x .5 Inches
Hangs on wall or lays flat
Year: 2017
Price: $50
Availability: SOLD

Chocolate Pretzel
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 5 x 3.5 x .5 Inches
Hangs on wall or lays flat
Year: 2017
Price: $40
Availability: SOLD

Red Sauce
Media: Handmade with ceramic and glaze
Size: 8 x 8 x 21.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $600
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