My figures are outsiders caught in moments of vulnerability. Influenced by Beatrice Wood, Viola Frey, Della Robbia, cave paintings and vintage figurines, I create portraits of humans feeling weird, happy, lost, joyful and sometimes uncomfortable. Often with a female subject at the center, I use figuration as a gestural means of expression to dig deeper into the psyche. These emotive portraits become manifestations of what is bubbling beneath the surface, struggles with self-acceptance, grief, and desire. My work invites the audience in and offers a disquieting and humorous opportunity to ponder the compelling nature of what it means to be wonderfully imperfectly human.
Kim Tucker studied Ceramic Sculpture under the direction of Viola Frey and Arthur Gonzalez at the California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating with High Distinction. Kim then went on to receive her M.F.A in ceramics under the guidance of M.J. Bole at The Ohio State University. She has been artist-in-residence at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Futur (Switzerland), Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, AMOCA, and many more. Kim has recently shown her work at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Lauren Powell Projects and CSUDH to name a few. Kim currently lives in Los Angeles and is excited to be a Visiting Artist at the Bray.