Kim Hopson is a studio artist, art educator, and community arts advocate based in Austin, Texas. Her artwork focuses on the narrative of ableness, and the dissection and obfuscation of physical disability. She examines how it is both celebrated and hidden, in the psyche and in society.
Currently, she is preparing to complete a self-elected year long Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARIM) in 2021 in which she will explore the intersection of motherhood, disability and limbs as placeholders for care.
When not creating amazing art opportunities, she can be found around town in her art car, Punk Rock Lucky Kitty.
I am exploring the narrative of ableness, the dissection and obfuscation of physical disability. Examining how it is celebrated and hidden, both in the psyche and in society.
As an artist with a physical disability, this is a particularly personal narrative. I'm exploring the connection of motherhood and disability. This includes looking at limbs as placeholders for care. Conceptually, and through narrative, I am observing ideas of motherhood, otherness, and ableness.
I'm pushing additive / subtractive elements in my work. Compositions in which you don't have all the information. Figures with disappearing limbs and / or limbs that change in form, color or function.
I'm playing with ideas around the theme of physical difference in both conceptual and literal imagery. It's all about perception and the control of the narrative. It's not so much about hiding a physical difference, but highlighting an 'otherness'.
Artifacts in my work include; floating torsos, fading limbs, pom poms, gloves, coats, smoke and flowers. These act as obfuscation of missing limbs in some work, and highlight and meld with limbs in other pieces. Many of these artifacts are icons of visual culture that are personally connected with my past (pom poms being a particular favorite).