KIRSTEN SIMS: The Middle of Nowhere: Canadian Edition

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South African illustration artist Kirsten Sims comes to Toronto with ‘The Middle of Nowhere: Canadian Edition” from November 13 – November 28. The opening  reception will be on November 14, from 2 pm – 4 pm. The artist will be present to sign her 2016 illustrated calendar, available for purchase.

Kirsten Sims combines the seemingly ordinary with a curious twist to reveal the whimsy of everyday life. The series is about both real and imagined moments, conversations, events, occasions and memories that provoke the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere.

The ‘middle of nowhere’ is also a starting point for her pictures: words, sentences and images from the middle of books, songs and movies serve as titles and texts to be illustrated. Her work is whimsical, exaggerated, gestural and playful. She explores the relationship between image and text and approaches every picture as a story to tell with as few brush strokes as possible.

This exhibition is a continuation of her recently sold out Cape Town show. For the Canadian edition, Sims added the element of the unknown by interpreting and illustrating Canadian themes having never been here.

“I like to use humour in my work to express my opinions and experiences and enjoy the freedom and power that painting gives me to subtly and gently make fun of the world I live in.” – Kirsten Sims, June 2015