Blythe King Visual Arts, Mixed Media Portraits, Collage, Image Transfer Process


Photo by Jay Paul

Name

Blythe King
Richmond, VA 23223
804-332-6177
blytheking@yahoo.com

Website: https://cargocollective.com/blytheking

Biography

Blythe King’s interdisciplinary background combines an MA in Buddhism and Art from the University of Colorado, and undergraduate studies of Japanese religion and art at the University of Richmond. Her current mixed media work opens a fresh discourse around women’s issues by transforming superficial, vintage advertising from Montgomery Ward mail order catalogs (circa 1940-80) into divinely evocative multi-layered portraits.

Since 2013, Blythe has served the city of Richmond as an artist educator, working with a wide range of communities through organizations such as the VMFA and VisArts. She’s partnered with Capital One, Alzheimer’s Association, Collegiate School, The Faison Center for Autism, The Martin Agency, and Richmond Public Schools, among others, offering active learning experiences to everyone through art.

Blythe’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions nationwide, including the New Waves 2017 show at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Trending: Contemporary Art Now! show for the 2016 National Women’s Caucus for Art Conference in Washington D.C. Her talk, Not Knowing, was first presented to art teachers from Henrico County Public Schools at the Institute for Contemporary Art VCU in 2019. King currently lives and works in Richmond, VA as an artist, educator, and professor of religious studies.

Educational Background/Training

MA Buddhism and Art, University of Colorado
BA Japanese religion and art, University of Richmond

Fees

$150/hr or $900 per day.

Audience

K-12, Arts Integration, After-School Programs, Collaborative Community Projects, Historical Projects, Older Adult Communities, Young Adults with Special Needs

Availability

Flexible. Please contact 2 months in advance to schedule.

Educational Programs

My mixed media projects and workshops offer me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned during years of experimenting with collage, vintage advertising, and the image transfer process. The image transfer process uses safe, non-toxic adhesives, such as acrylic medium and clear tape, to produce transparent images that allow for the visibility of multiple collaged layers within a single work of art all at once. This process is useful for creating rich visual narratives that represent the complexity of history and historical figures.

It’s exciting for me to see how different audiences respond to my collection of materials, including old magazines, photocopies, and recycled paper, and how they approach collage. It’s important for me as an artist educator to offer my students new ways of seeing. Collage is an excellent tool for achieving this since it inherently carries a double-meaning: the meaning of the image’s original context, and how that image’s meaning changes through the art process. Students often find it empowering and even liberating to realize that they can transform media images and messages through art, creating meaning that is important to them.

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