When Words Fall Away
November 8th 2013 – January 10th 2014
When Words Fall Away is an exhibition composed of 15 dynamic acrylic paintings of animalistic imagery that explores the raw human condition. Niehans investigates the “universal thread of survival through all people” and interprets the everyday struggle and drama of the journey within her expressive paintings. For Niehans, “the art installation “When Words Fall Away”, talks about primal impulses and how we spend so much time and energy trying to domesticate them. We’re encouraged to medicate strong emotions and taught at an early age to trust hard facts above all else. But there's a lot of wisdom in that primal state.”
Artist, Kim Niehans, channels her primal instincts through bold brushstrokes and varied textures. Niehans’ automatic mark making approach promotes a psychological and physical experience that demands attention. Through her subdued earthy color palette lively animals emerge. In these moments the artist alludes to the primal self that is masked by façade of the civil self. She aims to communicate truth of the raw human experience by creating a space for self-reflection.
Kim Niehans attended the Laguna College of Art & Design and received a BA in Studio Art at San Diego State. Niehans remains very active in the San Diego Art community and has received awards and recognition for her artwork. This is Kim Niehans first solo exhibition at 1805 Gallery.