Kim Anderson, Emerge

Kim Anderson

Close observational drawing forms the core of Kim Anderson’s practice as she explores the physical manifestations of a psyche in turmoil, and the use of the external landscape as a metaphor for intense psychological states. Kim completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the University of Ballarat in 2003, and in 2007 was awarded a scholarship to study a Master of Fine Art at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Since then Kim has undertaken residencies in Scotland, Italy, Japan, France, and multiple locations around Australia with support from the Australia Council, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and Creative Partnerships Australia.

In 2010 Kim received an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council, and she has curated and created projects supported by Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Regional Arts Victoria. She has exhibited extensively all around Australia and abroad with solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Bendigo, Bathurst, Launceston, Hobart, Mildura, Ballarat and Japan, and has been a finalist in numerous national awards including the Paul Guest Award, the Rick Amor Drawing Prize, and the Hazelhurst Art Award. Along with more traditional works on paper, Kim has also created ephemeral installation projects involving site-specific drawing, projection and sound, most notably The Space Between, a visual/sound installation at the inaugural White Night Ballarat in March 2017. Most recently in 2018, Kim was featured as core artist in the inaugural Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) with a major solo exhibition titled To Live Alone in a World of Wounds at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.


During her residency at Bundanon, Kim will continue her exploration of personal and universal grief, particularly in relation to the concepts of ‘ecological grief’ and ‘solastalgia’. ‘Ecological grief’ describes the intense emotional trauma associated with the degradation of the natural environment due to climate change, while ‘solastalgia’ is a form of homesickness or anticipatory grief over the future loss of a healthy landscape or thriving ecosystem. Kim will be working on a series of drawings to be exhibited at Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne in June/July 2019.