Kimberly Crichton is a Maine artist, born and raised in Bangor with newer roots in Portland. Drawn to the power of the written word as well as art and craft, Kim is a self-taught artist, an advocate, and a philanthropic and policy advisor. She recently founded her own business, Transform. LLC, which allows her to pursue all her interests at once. In all her work, she is most interested in processes of transition and transformation, concepts that form the foundation of her art. She seeks to explore and expand ways of seeing and understanding ourselves and our relationship to the world we live in. Kim’s work is both inspired and grounded by the people of Maine and the many Maine communities that have shaped her life and experiences.
Her fiber art is made from pieces of paper that are hand-cut, re-imagined, re-arranged, and then hand-stitched together with embroidery thread. The stitches highlight the change that comes from the destruction of one thing and the birth of another. Her work has grown out of traditional women’s handwork, quilts and textiles, and folk and religious art. It has been influenced by the contemporary art of Alma Thomas, Paul Klee, Terry Winters, Kiki Smith, Frida Kahlo, Brice Marden, Lynn Drexler, Mark Rothko, Anna Hepler, and John Bisbee.