Kim W. Wilson

biography

Kim W. Wilson was educated in Edinburgh and London and currently lives and works in Edinburgh.

Wilson is interested in materials that bring their own pre-histories and histories of transformation both natural and industrial such as wool grease, peat and bone ash, lard and gelatine. They speak of the presence of absent labour and of the animals whose bodies have been stripped down, reduced and refined, of the slowness of peat formation, its liminal state between wet and dry land, its extraction, drying, compression, incineration and conversion to light and heat. The reductive processes to which flesh, bone and land have been subjected are then inverted as she mixes, compresses and reconstitutes these materials, arriving at configurations that arise directly from the dynamic relationship between her, the space and the materials. Wilson explores the affective power of this dialogue as a way of investigating the human relationship with and within the material world, creating work that emerges from the flow of forces and matter to create a somatic experience for the beholder.