Kim Westcott

Kim Westcott was born in 1968 in Melbourne. She is a leading Australian artist who has achieved high acclaim through major awards as well as being nationally and internationally recognised and collected. Kim has lived and worked at her property surrounded by the Warby-Ovens National Park for the past 13 years. She draws inspiration from this local landscape, and also from her earlier life where influences ranged from the coastal back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula and the Mallee’s rugged Little Desert, to the urban environments of large cities like Melbourne and NYC. Westcott’s work is in many collections including the New York Public Library, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of Graphic Arts Japan, San Diego Museum of Art U.S.A., Museum Of Modern Art Sao Paulo, Brazil, Griffith University, Monash University, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Queensland University of Technology, Ballarat Art Gallery, RMIT University.

Kim Westcott’s drypoint prints explore the elements of point and line. All her works seem like maps of various kinds. Some works appear to be maps of landscapes in the dry, or swollen rivers in floods, or cityscapes at night, or subterranean creatures’ tunnels. On the other hand, Westcott’s two works in TRACE both Untitled 1 1991 and Untitled 2 1991, seem rather like sound maps, or records of vibrations. We see, and also hear and feel these works through the repetitious compression and expansion of points and lines.

Untitled 1
Drypoint on Hahnemühle paper
79 × 59 cm
Edition 8
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