Hiding in Plain Sight
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm
Hiding in Plain Sight is a deeply personal series of drawings centred around artist, Kim Anderson’s, experience of eating disorders and mental illness over the past fourteen years. This deeply vulnerable series shares with us themes of yearning, confusion, despair and hope.
For Anderson, her drawings are a form of exposure therapy in order to process the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that have dominated her life for so long; to begin to understand them.
To share these things so publicly connects us with Anderson’s experience, both terrifying and liberating. At some stage in our lives many of us endure some form of mental distress – it might be grief, it might be longing, it might be regret. Most of us can keep these emotions at bay and find ways of coping so that we can continue to function in the world. It is a fine line between those who can, and those who can’t, and Anderson’s way of coping and making meaning out of her life experiences is through her exquisite drawings.
Kim Anderson completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the University of Ballarat in 2003, and in 2007 was awarded a scholarship to study a Master of Fine Art at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Since then she has undertaken residencies in Scotland, Italy, Japan, France, and multiple locations around Australia with support from the Australia Council, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and Creative Partnerships Australia.
Anderson has curated and created projects supported by Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Regional Arts Victoria. She has exhibited extensively all around Australia and abroad with solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Bendigo, Bathurst, Launceston, Hobart, Mildura, Ballarat and Japan, and has been a finalist in numerous national awards including the Paul Guest Award, the Rick Amor Drawing Prize, and the Hazelhurst Art Award. This year she is featured as core artist in the inaugural Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) until November 2018 with a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.