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Defining art

Matilda Simmons
Sunday, February 11, 2018

SHE will be travelling to Australia to pursue her passion for art, but this month Kimberley Sachs will be throwing her first solo exhibition in Suva this month.

The 27-year-old, who was born in Canada but grew up mostly in Fiji, has always had a knack for exploring her artistic side as a child.

"I did the odd painting once a year or less but I actually dedicated my life to art in 2015,"she described.

Kimberely is no stranger to The Fiji Times. She once worked as a photographer for three years before she resigned in 2015 to take up art seriously.

"I always did sketches in a journal and I would get in trouble at class for it," smiled the former Yat Sen Secondary School scholar.

"But it was something I loved. I also wrote poems and it was something that captured what I was feeling at the time. I still keep journals of all my sketches and poems from the days at school."

Kimberely is expected to hold her solo exhibition from February 22 to March 1. It'll be something that would showcase 30 of her pieces done since 2015.

"The reason I chose to do this solo is because I want the first place to exhibit to be Fiji because I've been here my whole life and it means a lot to me," she said.

"By March, I will be doing some travelling and eventually settling in Melbourne for a few years then return to Fiji. This will be my chance to learn more about art, techniques, styles and get more exposure, and also to see what's out there."

Kim was initially part of the floating exhibition held by the Waisiliva Gallery on board the Uto ni Yalo last year.

Apart from this, she volunteers with Pacific Youth Council (PYC) as well as a bit of photography work for ARTTalk, Waisiliva and for the Grasshoppers netball club.

"I'm usually inspired by an image, person or an experience… and then I paint a version of that. One thing that I find hard to do is connect with people and having to talk about myself and my art. Peter Sipeli from ARTTalk has been so helpful in putting together this solo exhibition.

"It's great that we have a space like ARTTalk for artists where we can connect and expand our networks."

Kim says she comes from a family of artists.

"I remember my aunty in Canada (who paints) asked to collaborate with me; I sketched and she painted, she sent me the paintings once it was done. Every day I would see them and I loved them. One day it just hit me, when my aunty started painting, it wasn't easy and she wasn't always happy with the results but it was her passion and she never quit. So I resigned from my everyday job and took on painting, not knowing if I could do it or if I could be any good but I did it because I wanted to do art (poetry, photography and paint), every fibre of my body wanted to be an artist but fear was stopping me. Not saying that I don't feel fear any more, I am scared of failing but what keeps me going is seeing improvement and knowing I have so much more to learn; it is exciting," she said.

"Part of my journey is being around supportive people who have kept me going; family, friends, other artists — without their support I probably would have given up."

Kim's solo exhibition will be launched from February 22 at 21K Gallery or 21 Knollys St in Suva.








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