Art Intermission

EMPTY SPACES: KIMI ZOET

Art Intermission
EMPTY SPACES: KIMI ZOET

In anticipation of the Semi Peppered x Inter:Mission ‘Empty Spaces’ event I:M talked to the exhibition’s curator and participating artist, Kimi Zoet, to discuss what Empty Spaces means to her.  



Name: Kimi Zoet


Age: 21


Degree: Third Year History of Art Student


What does empty spaces mean to you?


I think about the empty spaces in my mind and what I can create with them. I envision halls containing nothing in my head that I can fill with nonsense. The word ‘empty space’ sounds like an opportunity to me.

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What inspired you to select this as a subject matter? 


I didn’t actually personally select it, Semi Peppered and I:M wanted to choose a theme for the night so the artists had something to work towards. We bounced ideas around, and came up with ‘empty spaces.’ It’s a very broad subject that can be become personal. It’s exciting to give a group of artists a theme and see their different interpretations of it.


Do you have any specific artists or movements that have inspired and influenced your own work?


I am particularly insipid by the Surrealist movement in all its forms. For me, childhood, automatic expression and the subconscious are essential to my personality and practice. I also love ‘Alice in Wonderland’. My primary interest and inspiration is nonsense, and how we fit it into our lives.

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Tell us about your piece you have created for this exhibition?

I’m trying to paint these hallways in my head. I will start off drawing these empty hallways which will be filled up with nonsense, spontaneity and a narrative totally up to the audience’s interpretation. 


You draw a lot of figures and characters in your works – do your works have a narrative and personality behind them or is it what you think of at the time?

To be honest I never really start out with a specific idea, it usually comes to me as I go. But yes, I do draw a lot of figures and when I do, I draw them with empathy. At first these empathetic drawings confused me, I thought it was my subconscious speaking, that maybe I was deeply unhappy and I didn’t know it. But I think the true reason why I draw these trapped characters is because I have a empathetic way of looking out onto the world. I paint adulthood and loosing your imagination. As a child you have a great fantasy, but through education everything gets a meaning and a place, to retain your imagination whilst being educated is a real skill. I suppose you could say that my work is quite like the story of Peter Pan, a desire to never fully grow up.


What is your favourite thing about being an artist?


I just feel so free when I paint, that’s literally it. In a way it makes me feel so unfulfilled because when I’m doing it I’m thinking ‘God there’s so much more!’ It gives me itchy feet for sure, but in a good way like I can explore these hidden spaces that lie deep within my mind.


Have you got any exciting prospects in the future for your career as an artist?


I am hopefully going to do a Master’s Degree in Art. 

SP : I:M Presents ‘Empty Spaces’.

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