Kimberley Adams

Kimberley Adams graduated from University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) in 2006 with a 2:1 degree with Honours in Contemporary Textile Practice. She is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art.

"What am I looking for? What knowledge does my look desire? Who am I when I look at this?" Griselda Pollock.

Currently my work is engaged in the exploration of 'the gaze' and the image of the 'self'. Through the use of portraiture, aggressive embroidery and latex as an aid to achieve disfigurement, these mediums are blurred and layered in order to render the piece abstracted. My drive revolves around my sense of personal and bodily confusion after dramatic weight loss and highlights my personal sense of uncertainty. Through both the content and medium of my works, facial features are abstracted and partially hidden in an attempt at rejecting the attention and narrative of the gaze which acts to disrupt the power dynamic between the observer and the observed.

textile by Kimberley Adams
work by Kimberley Adams
work by Kimberley Adams
work by Kimberley Adams
work by Kimberley Adams

Fragments of old clothing are often used to construct a framework where intricately yet 'raw', powerfully applied layers of embroidery and distorted, hardened latex invites the spectator to decipher meanings and project their own narratives of the female form on to the visual imagery in front of them. Ends of threads are intentionally left hanging loose in order to offer a three dimensional sculptural element, protruding from points all over the body in an attempt to connect the subject (me) to the spectator.

I can be contacted by email at: or on my mobile 07773 311712.
www.kimberleyadams.co.uk