Kim Kissinger Marino is an artist living and working in Saint Louis, MO. Her art practice is devoted to abstraction, both in her series of Abstract LifeScapes and also mixed media paintings featuring Abstract Line Figures.
Her unique mixed media paintings explores interpersonal relationships and the simplification of visual communication. She is devoted to the study of the line in art and the ways in which the most simple of marks and abstracted designs communicate. Her practice focuses on The Language of the Line.
For many years Marino worked as a freelance graphic designer focusing on print advertising, marketing material design and outdoor billboard design. She also worked as a computer animator creating animations for television, private and corporate clients.
In 2010, she committed herself to her art practice and began a study that involved the reinvention and exploitation a series of abstract line characters she developed. In 2017, after a trip to the Southwest her Lifescape series evolved. It features pure abstraction with a focus on spiritual elements.
In 2013, she exhibited her largest public project to date. The solo exhibit and on-site community project were exhibited at the indi go gallery in Champaign, Illinois. She executed a 3′ X 12′ mural on site and invited the community to follow the process either in person or through her blog: http://languageoftheline.blogspot.com.
In 2012, she executed a large community project titled: 150 Paintings: A Community Project: Interactive Mural. This work consisted of 150, 4″x 4″ oil paintings. The exhibit was designed so that the viewer could create new designs by rearranging the canvases.
Her interest in public art continues in 2017 and is highlighted with an upcoming project sponsored by University City, MO and University City Gardens in Bloom in which her whimsical abstract figures will be featured on two utility boxes as part of a city beautification program.
In addition to being a visual artist Kim has taught classes in her studio to elementary age students, including clay animation, printmaking, quilt making, basic design and others. She also curated 2 exhibits of her student’s work and assisted with the University of Illinois School of Art and Design on an area High School Art Exhibit. Her love of art education is also expressed in previous lecturing to home school groups on such topics as Animal Symbolism in Medieval Art , The Life of Leonardo DaVinci and Islamic Art and Geometric Design. She also has been a docent at the University of Illinois’s Krannert Museum.
In 2012, Marino was selected to attend a Professional Development Workshop sponsored by Creative Capital of New York in conjunction with the Chicago Artist Coalition. In addition, she was awarded a 30 day Artist’s Residency for October, 2012 at The Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, Illinois and in 2014 spent a 7 week self directed painting sabbatical at the Brooklyn Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.
Her works have been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Rochester, NY, St. Louis, MO., Champaign, IL, Urbana, IL, Carbondale, IL, Peoria, IL, Macomb, IL, Evansville, IN, Paducah, KY, Owensboro, KY, and Albuquerque, NM.
Marino received a BA in Art and Design from Brescia College in Owensboro Kentucky and was a graduate student in Fiber Art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois.