Kimberly Convery originally moved to Portland to attend the Maine College of Art, but, finding her artistic niche, decided to stay and pursue her art career. Her unique drawings, primarily in ink and gouache on paper, are snapshots of quietly chaotic populated landscapes.
At first, Kimberly’s drawings are overwhelmingly simple in their use of space and line, though a second glance at their detail reveals them as surprisingly intricate and provocative.
Masses of tiny inhabitants scale ropes that lead them to the basket of a hot air balloon, they descend ladders to bring neighbors out of the sea to the relative safety of a glacier, or they gather to collect material for shelter and shipbuilding. Their minute nature, unanimous behavior, and simplicity give the figures in Kimberly’s drawings an anonymous, almost insect-like effect. The limited view of each scene begs the viewer to create their own narrative of the brief moment of life depicted in her imaginary world.
Art-critic Lori Waxman reviewed Kimberly’s work in 2010 for the Portland Phoenix. She wrote, “If at first it all seems sweet and innocuous, look again. This is the world as it will one day be, if we do not fix our vast environmental problems fast: Overpopulation. Flooding. Shrinking land masses…Convery’s genius is to draw the viewer in with a genuinely charming style, pleasing in its restraint, simplicity and gentle cartoonishness—then to lightly wallop us as we realize what she is really illustrating.”
Currently, Kimberly has been hard at work as an artist-in-residence at Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, Maine. She will be part of an exhibition this December at A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts in Portland, Maine.
View more of Kimberly’s work on her website.