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Kim Summers

San Rafael, CA

You can’t talk about Kim’s art without talking about the Flowertons. They are invented beings from a distant planet, and they populate Kim’s artwork and imagination. In some ways, they are very foreign: they have petals or antennas instead of hair, they have tattoos that show their rank and status, and they fly around in space ships. But they are also very familiar: like Kim, they love tea and rock-and-roll, have complicated relationships, and crave connection and validation. She expresses these beings primarily through drawing and puppetry. She easily comes up with names and lives for her creations: the stories are always just below the surface. Her characters have a compelling blend of sweetness and spikiness, innocence and experience.

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