Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Radochia.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kim. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I went back to finish my art training in my late 20’s at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after completing an undergraduate degree in business with a minor in art at Hartwick College and working in Education and Business. Upon finishing my art training I worked for a landscape architect and was inspired by the scale of designing for the outdoors and began my path making large scale sculpture. I got certified in welding from a local technical high school evening program and began to explore metal. Seeing an avenue where I could exhibit large sculpture I entered the realm of public art. I submitted to and entered competitions for work and exhibitions throughout the U.S. I also continued to work in other media including photography, mixed media, drawing, and painting. I always maintained a sculpture studio at my home North of Boston but then added a second studio to my business at 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston in 2004. My studio in Boston evolved to becoming my primary studio and a wonderful space to reach out to the public and make contacts in my field, and of course show my artwork. Today I spend the majority of my time doing commissions for permanent locations both private and public and working towards exhibitions with the galleries that represent my artwork. I also spend a portion of each year doing a project abroad that is based on a concept I am interested in exploring. Last winter I traveled to Rome as an artist in residence for six weeks at the American Academy and worked on a project titled, Time and Place, Palindrome 48/84.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Damage to outdoor sculpture in public places, shipping large sculpture is very complicated, expensive and dangerous, sculpture is difficult to sell and place permanently and requires a huge effort.
Funding to make large artwork is difficult…most artists don’t make large outdoor sculptural works until they have had a lucrative career making gallery or museum sized artworks and I did it in the reverse order so my initial investment into my career as an artist was quite significant.
There is a whole culture of sculptors of large outdoor artworks that are very entrepreneurial and independent spirits and not affiliated with commercial galleries and the mainstream art world. The opportunities to show work is quite good but the opportunities are not matched with potential sales and permanent placements of art in public places. Municipalities enjoy temporary public sculpture exhibitions along their public main streets however leave a lot up to the artist to sell and potentially place the artwork permanently. It’s a beginning and a lot of cities and people are learning about public art, appreciating and hopefully in time will be funding permanent placements. With that being said I no longer exhibit in temporary public sculpture shows and am now focused on permanent commissions and sales through galleries.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Kim Radochia Studios – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am most known for my ability to transform materials, sometimes simple and common materials, into artworks. I am also know for exploring materials in innovative ways and inventing new techniques and practices.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am working on expanding my projects into larger exhibitions for commercial and museum exhibitions in bigger cities like New York. I am also working towards a collaboration in Gloucester, MA where I have a studio. An artist in residency program is being developed there and I look forward to fostering a shared work experience with the sculptors who attend that program.
- Address: 259 Concord St., Gloucester, MA 01930
450 Harrison Ave, ste. 202, Boston, MA 02218
- Website: www.kimradochia.com
- Phone: 978-618-7587
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: leaps_art
- Facebook: Kimberly Radochia
- Twitter: @KimRadochia
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