Introducing Kim Leutwyler...
Kim Leutwyler is an American-born artist who ex-patriated to Sydney, Australia in 2012. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia and drawing. Kim holds concurrent bachelor degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and additionally graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Painting and Drawing degree.
Kim’s current work takes its form in paintings dealing with images of beauty, gender and Queer-identity. She has come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon. By entering into the modernist painting field Kim hopes to destabilize gender borders just as LGBTQ artists have been doing since the 70’s and earlier. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries throughout the United States and Australia, and she is part of a permanent collection at both the Naestved Cultural Center in Denmark, and the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. Her painting 'Start the Riot' is currently on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the 2015 Archibald Prize Finalist Exhibition.
We caught up with Kim to ask her a few questions.
H: What did you do before becoming an artist?
KL: Before I was an artist I was a student, and I absolutely LOVED accounting! I was also co-captain of the cheerleading squad, a theatre kid and ceramics hobbyist!
H: If you were to tag yourself on HATCH, what 3 words would you use?
KL: Queer, Figurative, Feminist
H: You were born in the US and know living in Australia...where next?
KL: I'm actually hoping that I'll be able to stay in Australia for a a few more years, it all depends on wether I obtain a permanent visa! If our application is denied my wife and I have agreed on either San Fran, Barcelona or NYC. I'm fairly certain I could convince her on London but we shall see ;)
H: What feels like love to you?
KL: Strolling through the Centennial Parklands with my partner and puppy, craft beer in hand on a sunny day. I particularly love walking through the flying fox reserve with thousands of giant bats hanging upside down in the trees alternately sleeping, grooming, and stretching. Their fluffy red chests are so cute! Spending time in the great outdoors with people that I care about = love.
H: How would your friends describe you?
KL: My friends would (and do) describe me as a loveable weirdo. I'm very boisterous and always saying something slightly inappropriate to get a laugh. I do things my own way and love to be an enabler for my friends when they want to do something outside of their comfort zone.
H: Ok last one......tell us a secret?
KL: Sometimes I shave my legs, but most of the time I don't :) I wear dresses and skirts almost every day and no one can ever tell.
Kim's work will be featured on Hatch for a limited time only. We delighted and honored to have her as part of the family.