Artist in Focus: Kimberly Marra

Kimberly Marra is an architect of emotions. She builds powerful paintings of interiors to highlight the struggle between public and private space. From the kitchen to the bathroom, Kimberly acts as the voyeur in any room one might live, work, sleep, or eat in. Read on below to learn more about her inspirations.

What is your earliest art memory?
I think my earliest art memory is drawing out of these silly Disney “How to Draw” books. I would sit on the floor in my parent’s bedroom for hours, just copying drawings of Goofy and Mickey. When I was a kid, I thought I’d end up being a cartoonist just because of those books. I’m still pretty damn good at drawing Goofy.

Who and what inspires your art?
My art is inspired by my home and the spaces that I’m surrounded by everyday. I try to produce a sense of discomfort by distorting images from the home, or spaces that would otherwise provide a feeling of safety. Whenever I see an interesting architectural space or a desolate room, I’m immediately attracted to it and interested in why it has developed in such a way. I try to capture those feelings in my work.

What is one word to described you art?
One word to describe my art: Discomfort.

Do you have a favorite piece in your UGallery portfolio?
I’d say my most recent painting, Untitled is my favorite piece in my gallery. It represents the new direction I’ve been taking in my work recently. It’s so different from what I’ve done in the past but I think I’ve managed to stay true to the concepts that interest me, and that are important to me.

Are there any UGallery artists who your really admire?
While I am always impressed with the artists represented on UGallery, lately I’ve been very taken with Christian Paull’s work. I’m really attracted to his use of color and the rare recognizable elements in each work. There’s so much to look at in just one piece!

What is one tip you would give to an emerging artist?
As an emerging artist myself, the one tip I’d give to my peers is just to produce. Work constantly. If you’re always working and surrounded by your art, as well as the art of others’ in your position, you’re going to discover new things. Even if you’re working on something you’re not happy with, it can help inform the rest of your work.

What do you want people to know about your art?
I’d like people to know that while my art does come from a personal place I am trying to touch on relatable human emotions. I feel that most everyone can sympathize with the feelings of anxiety, obsessions, and discomfort and I hope to express these things in a new way.

For fun, where do you feel the most alone?
Actually I’d say that I feel the most alone (in a good way) when I am running! I think that running is the only thing I do that’s really just for me. It clears my head. So I guess the solitary place I always go is outside, with lots of people.