About the work
Reflections from the windows in the Red Light District, Amsterdam in the canals below.
From Kimberly Poppe's Reflections Series
"The images within this series are striking depictions of impermanence, capturing an impression of the world, the nearby homes and lights, which is transient. These views have a strong visual impact, coming from their incredibly lush colours and the dynamism of the rippling movement, but there is also a feeling instability, the fleeting moment where our eye is confounded by the light on the water. The focus on the surface colour is inspired by the Impressionists who engaged in an open way of looking, realising they had to give themselves over to recording the exact hues rather than trying to depict the water from their pre-existing knowledge.
Lionello Venturi wrote that Monet, Renoir and Pissarro came to what is known now as Impressionism through trying to depict the shimmering surface of the Seine in a lifelike way. This process of looking and reflecting has become part of Poppe’s daily walks on the canals of her adopted home, Amsterdam, where many of these images were taken."
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About the artist
Originally from Boston, USA, Kimberly Poppe works internationally from her base in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Poppe’s photographic practice is led by a deeply contemplative approach to experiencing and seeing the world. Her highly refined compositions are created through a process of visual openness and joy through instinctive attraction to colour, texture, light and coincidence.
As an artist, Poppe is motivated to show the extraordinary in the ordinary, an approach that is influenced by her two decades’ study of Buddhist philosophy and practice. Her consideration of perception, compassion and the mind, from spiritual and scientific perspectives, marries with her photographic method. The camera stays with her as she travels, recording what she encounters, pausing to reflect the detail of her experiences and transmit that moment of seeing to the viewer.
Poppe’s images can be found in private collections around the world. Current and recent projects include Everyday Delight, a series of incisive photographs of punchy colour field compositions and sensual surfaces, exhibited at Free Project Space in London and featured in the Guardian; and a large-scale commission for Brittany Ferries.
Poppe has a diverse education in the arts including photography, writing, ceramics, interior architecture, as well as art history and curation. She also works as an independent art advisor, curator and designer.