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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: animal and fantasy figure sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Growing up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, she early developed a love for plants and animals. Her specialties are fantasy and wildlife themes, and her studio and home have been in Sedona, Arizona.

She has also worked at the Sedona Art Foundry where she learned to cast bronze and has been an apprentice in jewelry making to Geoffrey Roth from whom she learned inlay, and other jewelry making skills as well as woodworking.

Biography from Knox Galleries:
KIM KORI
Living in Sedona, Arizona

"I strive to give my sculptures an enchanting and somewhat magical quality that can transport viewers to that rare place between the believable and the unbelievable."

Growing up in a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania farming community, Kim Kori used the open fields as the backdrop of her many forays into childhood fantasy. The plants and animals that lived in the fields were the props for stories that Kori would concoct and illustrate with drawings that she always shared with her family. Kori recalls often sitting on her grandfather’s lap while sharing her drawings and stories. She states: "I vividly remember the look on my grandfather’s face after these story telling sessions as he would tell me what a great imagination I had."

Kori still draws upon those playful days in the fields of her childhood for the material she now sculpts. Recreating that dreamy childlike ability to play with nature, her sculptures entwine magic with reality. Field mice, birds and frogs are some of the subjects of her whimsical art. In other sculptures, she recreates people out of a fantasy kingdom, people with butterfly wings and other imaginary attributes or experiences such as in one sculpture that has an exotic woman riding on the back of an ostrich.

The great sculpting skills you can see in Kori’s work are a direct result of her extensive experience with drawing. In fact, it was her love for drawing that first drew her to the art of scrimshaw, carving on ivory or whalebone. Specializing in fantasy and wildlife themes, Kori’s work was shown in Sedona in the early 80’s at an exclusive jewelry store. She also apprenticed under the store’s owner, noted jeweler Geoffrey Roth, learning fine woodworking including inlay and various jewelry-making skills. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position at a Sedona Art foundry and was so inspired by the process of creating a bronze that she turned her artistic attention to bronze sculpture.

Kori is one of the few sculptors in the United States who is as familiar with the casting process as she is in forming the original clay sculpture. Because of her great skill in finishing the wax from which the sculpture is cast, she will occasionally put the finishing touches on the waxes for some of her contemporaries.

Kori continues to live in Sedona where she feels inspired to bring her daily imaginings to life through her art.

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