Kim Goldfarb received a BFA degree in drawing and painting at the University of Georgia. She pursued a painting career and gallery directorships in Chicago simultaneously for seventeen years. In the early 90’s she changed direction in her art endeavors and began working in figurative sculpture. She furthered her sculpture interests with a move to New Mexico in the late 90’s with exhibits at Marigold Arts, Manitou Gallery, and Evoke Contemporary, all in Santa Fe.
In 2008 an experience at the Pilchuck Glass School changed the direction of her art again. She designed several remarkable glass sculptures which were blown and hot sculpted by a prestigious glassblowing team. The fast paced, collaborative experience that Goldfarb had directing the production of her glass sculpture profoundly affected her. The sculpture that she produced on her own had become too slow and tedious to satisfy her. In a bold move she decided to switch gears and return to painting.
Since 2009 she has been painting in earnest, producing a body of work that she is very proud of and is now beginning to exhibit. Some things have remained constant in her work, the focus on the figure and the emotions that the human form provokes, whether in painting or sculpture. Working with the figure in sculpture, in fact, has given her the sure hand that you see in her paintings.
As a sculptor, glass designer, and painter, the thread that weaves them together is the thrill of discovery and love of the human and animal form. I am consistently driven to express my love of this beautiful planet and its inhabitants. I feel that we are all connected. In my work I often portray human animal hybrids. In some ways this is my expression of how connected we all are. A lot of the work that I do is stream of consciousness. I feel that somehow I know these beings that I paint and sculpt on some deep emotional level. They have a need for expression and I am happy to be the vehicle through which they come into being.