The Fractured Weave / Kimberlee Koym-Murteira

Commissioned by ZERO1, the San Jose Public Art Program, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Jose Downtown Association.

The Fractured Weave is a plastic curtain assembled of repurpose materials that will be exhibited as part of the ArtHERE program at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (520 S. 1st Street) from September 12-December 8, 2012.

The patchwork of plastic is comprised of small plastic bags filled with viscous liquid and opaque cereal bag liners painted with oils pastels. A video projection lights and activates this translucent quilt showing images of people engaged in daily rituals around the home. The image clarity of the video in the installation will change depending on the time of day and lighting, always one will be able to see faint shadows and reflections of people and movement. When obscured the imagery becomes energetic remnants of the actions pictured. I enjoy these visual differences and opportunities to play with the idea of things that are not always available, creating interest in the viewer to explore the work more fulling, inviting them to walk inside the gallery for a differing viewpoint. Fascinated by the exchange of energy and toxic substances people share with each other and the world around them, Koym-Murteira explores the permeability of physical and psychological boundaries—with a focus on resiliency and translucency. She reflects on how technology intersects our lives and the pace of society imprints a toll on individuals. Her installations are composed of interactive machines, kinetic sculptures, videos and studies of natural phenomena, enticing the viewer to rethink ideas of reuse, toxicity, availability, activity, and beauty.

This project will be exhibited as 
part of the ArtHERE program at the 
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (520 S. 1st Street) 
from September 12-December 8, 2012. 
Opening hours TBD

Kimberlee Koym-Murteira

lives and works in Oakland, CA

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Building on her background as a set designer for film and theatre, Kimberlee Koym-Murteira uses her video camera & projector to coax these everyday objects to become something more, heightening their dimension into the realm of fairytale.