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A Changing Durham: New Paintings and Printmaking Works by Kimberly Wheaton

Kim sees the landscapes, buildings, and people of Durham as palimpsests — changes are added, removed and etched over time, and traces of former lives remain visible.

Many works depict places and people Kim has found herself missing in the year plus of living in a pandemic. Some pieces are musings and reflections on how Durham has changed in the 25 years Kim has lived in Durham.

While Kimberly Wheaton is most known for her medium and large paintings, this exhibit also includes a return to smaller printmaking works and multiples, though Kim has turned these into originals by adding collaged elements on top of the prints, some of which are printed on wallpaper or other source material.

Kim Wheaton works with oil paint, cold wax medium, oil sticks, graphite, photographs and paper to build texture, color and depth in her paintings. She adds and removes layers in each painting in order to develop a history, both in the work itself and as a reflection of the subject.