The Extraordinary Actress-Turned-Artist Painting Electricity
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The Extraordinary Actress-Turned-Artist Painting Electricity

Wormhole, 2018 (WR) Artwork by Leelee Kimmel, Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery New York-based artist Leelee Kimmel has a knack with confounding expectations: her conversations whip into wild, yet charming tangents. You half expect to hear one thing, then she jolts right into something else. Something seemingly profound becomes hilarious; a discussion of her artistic influences is rounded off with a punchline about her former parrot, Picasso, and dog named Nina Simone, who both came to tragic ends. “I personally don’t have a sense of time or space in the real world,” she reveals, then dovetailing from what feels like a weighty revelation into a joke about her crashing into sliding doors “like a mosquito on a window”. Kimmel’s world is very much her own – a heady mix of daftness and profundity – and a space that’s potentially fascinating, yet disorientating for those unfamiliar with it. Such are the worlds she builds in her paintings, too, and which expand beyond the canvas into gloriously gelatinous sculptures and a pioneering VR piece. These works are currently on show in an exhibition entitled Wormhole at London’s Simon Lee gallery, Kimmel’s first in the UK and the follow-up […]

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