Size: 60"W x 40"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2017
Queer identities have varying aesthetics which metamorphose based on age, race, geography etc. The bodies of LGBTQ-identified and queer-supportive women in my paintings are evolving with their social environment. I explore the fluidity and complexity of gender and sexuality through layered abstractions.
In the nineties, shows such as “All But the Obvious” and “Gender, Fucked” re-discovered gender and negotiated its borders. Donna Evans presented ‘sexual deviants’ in such a way that popular culture viewed them as unfeminine, aggressive, and unattractive as a result of their body hair, age, muscles etc. Unlike Evans, I depict a more sumptuous side of that world in which women modify their bodies, take on various permutations of androgyny, and are celebrated for it.
The most recent work has evolved and become more intertwined with my personal life. Many of the portraits feature my partner, dearest friends, and myself...focusing on those who have impacted my life in some way.
Born in America, Sydney-based Kim Leutwyler migrated to 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. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries and museums throughout Australia and the United States. Some of Leutwyler's recent accolades include being selected as a finalist in the Archibald, Sulman and Bluethumb Art Prizes, as well as the Portia Geach Memorial Award.