What does the world look like through your eyes? Do you have family to carry your memories? Do you have pain? What do your hands feel with fingers so different from mine?
I believe that human connection goes much deeper than conversation, sex or solidarity. We are one being that looks out through the eyes of everything that can see. You, me, that old drunk living under the bridge. We are each completely alone but we share the conscious experience; feeling, touching, tasting the world through 7 billion bodies. Each one completely unique, precious. sacred.
When I paint a portrait I come close to knowing how gravity feels in someone else’s skin. And I can look at myself for a moment through their eyes.
Kim Mobey is a self-taught visual artist, born in Cape Town in 1980 and working across multiple disciplines and media. Her paintings, printmaking, installations and sculptures focus on humanity in the African context and she seeks out stories of global diaspora, history and leadership as well as contemporary African cultural and political cross-pollination. She investigates aesthetics, gender, race, age and class as ideologies both in her work and in the broader sphere.
Her work utilises traditional media and materials as well as experimental applications of new materials, techniques and mixed media including collage, calcite printing, sculpture, performance, installation and sustainable architecture. She develops all her works with an emphasis on permanence, history and creating meaning – balancing contemporary relevance with being of real value to the current and future generations.
A dedicated autodidact and educator, she continually studies and teaches new and traditional technical skills, art history, languages, sculpture, installation, performance, painting and printmaking through events, digital media, collaborations and providing art internships.
2011 – Knysna Gallery, Knysna “In This Skin” (Solo)
2012 – Western Cape Premier, Official Residence Cape Town “See the Point, Darling”
2013 – Knysna Fine Art Gallery , Knysna “Pink Loerie Group Show”
2015 – MOMO Gallery Johannesburg “Les is More”
2017 – The V&A Watershed, Cape Town Inaugural “Art Africa Fair”
2017 – The Cape Gallery, Cape Town “Dream Now, Dream Not”
2017 – UJ Gallery, Johannesburg, “PPC Imaginarium Finalist Show”
2017 – Turbine Hall, Johannesburg “Turbine Hall Art Fair”
2017 September – Art @ The Clocktower, Cape Town. “It is not all Black and White”
2017 November – Art @ The Clocktower, Cape Town. ”Tides of Talent”
2018 February – Investec Cape Town Art Fair “Art at Africa”, Cape Town
2018 March – The Cape Gallery, Cape Town “Illusive Reality”
2018 September – Art Africa, V&A Waterfront “Heritage Day Exhibition”
2018 December – The World Yacht, News24 Nasdak “Afro-chic”
2013 May – The Glimoré Gallery “Together We Stand”, a group exhibition opened by Seapoint Ward Councillor JP Smith.
2012 May – The Knysna Gallery “The Naked Truth”, A group show of life drawings and paintings
2014 September to December – First Thursdays “Grand Daddy Hotel” Group Show, Cape Town Featuring John Bower, Peter Van Straten, Janet Ranson and Natasha Johnson.
2017 January – Sculpture Finalist, PPC Imaginarium Awards
2017 September – World of Design Competition finalist: For the Love of CONCRETE Cape Town
Art at Groot Constantia – Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia
Lyn Atterbury email@example.com
Cape Gallery – Church Street, Cape Town
Gail Dorje firstname.lastname@example.org
Art at Africa – The Clocktower, V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Dirk Durnez: email@example.com (for reproduction prints only)
Charities and Projects
I support these causes with donations of artwork for auction, public speaking, teaching and participation in group projects.
2014 – City of Cape Town, World Design Center “Hands of Honour”
Part of the “Man on the Side of the Road” employment initiative
Paul Taliard: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 – City of Cape Town, World Design Center “WDC/MURP Co-design workshop”
Facilitating community involvement in urban upliftment in impoverished areas
Graham Falken: email@example.com
2014 (Ongoing) – Paint it Forward
A collective of volunteers and artists painting uplifting murals in the children’s wards of public hospitals
Chris Lategan: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 (Ongoing) – Call to Care “Paint and Sip”
Teaching, consulting, events and creative projects raising funds for sustainable food gardening workshops in impoverished areas
Alexandrnya Audagnotti: email@example.com
2016 – The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, Cape Town, Groot Constantia Wine Farm
In aid of education for farm workers in the South African Winelands
Lyn Atterbury firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 (Ongoing) – Catwalk to Freedom
In aid of education and sanctuary for child brides in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya
Nya Nyuon: email@example.com
2018 (Ongoing) – SOS Save Our Schools & Water 4 Cape Town
In aid of practical, ongoing water collection and delivery to vulnerable communities during the Western Cape Drought.
Paulette van Heerden: firstname.lastname@example.org