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Painting on Water: Art by Kim Keever

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Kim Keever is a former NASA intern who turned to art in a wildly innovative fashion by painting on water. Using a 200-gallon fish tank as the starting point for each work, Keever submerges paint pigments and other materials into the tank, captures the unique interactions between water and art materials with a camera.

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Looking at these works, it’s clear that Keever has a good working knowledge of physics and gravity, and is able to predict to some degree the way a material will act when it is introduced.  I love Keever’s abstract works, where the artist drips house paint slowly into the tank. The pigments become heavy, solid-looking clouds once they drop below the surface and begin to diffuse and interact with one another – sort of a three-dimensional version of the art of Luis Pagan or J.D. Doria.


Aside from abstraction, Keever also creates figurative works by placing sculptural elements into the bottom of the tank. Small plants and mounds of hardened plaster become trees and mountain ranges. 

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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