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Creating a new series of 12 transhuman paintings and participating in 2 gallery exhibits in Sydney and Melbourne!
Creating a new series of 12 transhuman paintings and participating in 2 gallery exhibits in Sydney and Melbourne!
110 backers pledged AU$ 3,595 to help bring this project to life.

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I am thrilled to have been invited to participate in 'Home Free', a visual arts exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park in Melbourne, AU. This exhibit is part of the official program for Midsumma, Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration.

I’m creating a new series of 12 transhuman portraits with dinosaur heads, a significant departure from my ‘traditional’ LGBTQI nudes. I’d love to take you on this adventure with me! Your pledges will help me to create this new series by funding materials and expenses, as well as covering the costs of shipping two of my existing paintings to and from the Gasworks Arts Park Gallery. A significant part of your pledge will also go toward making and shipping your rewards (over 60%). I've got my art on a ton of cool pledge rewards ranging from prints, clothing, cases, decor and more! Backers at the highest pledge levels will be able to choose one my original paintings to own!

The first in a new series of transhuman queer portraits
The first in a new series of transhuman queer portraits
The second portrait, painted during this Kickstarter campaign
The second portrait, painted during this Kickstarter campaign

Don't simply take my word for it.  Here's a few words from the models behind the new dino-beauties! What's the best thing to do if you see a T-rex?  Find out from Angelica:

  

Please enjoy this heartfelt update from dear friend, Alexis. She talks about when we first met, what it was like to pose and her favorite painting:

 

Join Beck & Liv in a margarita-fueled discussion about why they want to be part of this project, and how a game of jenga eventually led them to stroll nude with me through an olive grove:

WHAT IF YOU EXCEED YOUR GOAL 

I would love to attend the Festival and opening night in person! If the goal is exceeded I’ll fly down from Sydney to Melbourne to see the show in person and explore the diverse range of events at the Festival.

ABOUT MIDSUMMA 

Midsumma Festival is made up of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums at over 85 venues for 3 weeks from mid January to February. It's best described as 'an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture' and I can't wait to be a part of it!

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Here is the manifesto for this year’s exhibition theme, Home Free: While Australia still has a long way to go in reaching equality for our GLBTIQ community, Australia still has a much higher level of community acceptance and inclusion than the 76+ countries with anti-homosexuality laws. Home Free will focus on the things that make you glad to be living in Australia right now. Home Free will be a joyful celebration of our vibrant GLBTIQ community.

ABOUT MY WORK 

This year I created a painting for the 2014 Archibald Prize, Australia’s most prominent portrait competition. Although I did not make it into the top 50, I was honored to have my work viewed by the trustees on location at the Art Gallery of NSW. The painting is a self-portrait reflecting on my journey thus far in Australia. The patterned background is comprised of over 200 tiny landscapes from my travels throughout Australia. It seems like the perfect fit for ‘Home Free’, and I look forward to having it displayed at Gasworks Arts Park.

Journey As Destination
Journey As Destination

ABOUT THE REWARDS

There are so many great options for backers of this project.  Here are just a few examples of the cool stuff you can receive for being a part of this journey with me :)  Take a look at KimLeutwyler.com to find all of the artwork you can choose from to go on your rewards!  I'll send a preview of what your reward will look like before shipping ;)

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ABOUT KIM

Kim Leutwyler is an American artist living in Sydney, Australia. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia, and drawing. Kim holds concurrent degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Painting and Drawing degree. Constantly seeking new experiences and imagery, Kim has traveled extensively throughout North America, the European continent, Asia and the South Pacific region. 

Kim’s current work takes its form in paintings primarily dealing with images of beauty, gender, and Queer-identity. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries throughout the United States, and she is part of a permanent collection at both the Naestved Cultural Center in Denmark, and the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.

Risks and challenges

Once the project is funded I'll have the challenge of gathering backer information and customizing each reward based on the artwork chosen. I'll also be organizing shipping to backers across the globe on a relatively large scale. Thankfully this isn't my first rodeo, and I've successfully overcome these obstacles in my prior Kickstarter projects!

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    You'll receive a personal thank you email plus updates on the project direct from Kim!

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    You will receive a hand written postcard that features my original artwork, personally thanking you for your contribution, plus project updates from Kim!

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    STATIONARY CARDS You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as ANY of my original artwork on a set of 3 folded stationery cards. Each card is blank on the inside and includes a European fold envelope for mailing.

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    ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 10" x 8"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1" border.

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    T-SHIRT OR TANK TOP You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on an American Apparel™ T-shirt, tank top or onesie. Available in many colors, both Men's, Women's, Kids' and Baby's styles and sizes.

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    WALL CLOCK You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a wall clock. Available in natural wood, black or white frame, the clock is 10" in diameter with a plexiglass crystal face and a backside hook for easy hanging. Choose black or white hands.

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    SMARTPHONE CASE You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a Smartphone Case. Protect your iPhone, iPod Touch or Samsung Galaxy with a one-piece, impact resistant hard shell case (either slim or tough profile). The lay-flat feature protects the front of your device by extending the bezel above the screen, while a silicone interior liner provides impact cushioning.

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    INDOOR or OUTDOOR THROW PILLOW You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a Throw Pillow. Available in 3 sizes - 16", 18" and 20". Individually cut and sewn by hand, with a double-sided print and concealed zipper. *Does not include pillow insert. Please send a message regarding pledge amount if you'd like the insert included ;)

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    HOODY You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on an American Apparel California Fleece Zip-up or Pullover Hoodiey.

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    17"x 13" ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 17"x 13"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1"-2" border.

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    SHOWER CURTAIN You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a shower curtain made from 100% polyester with a 12 button-hole top for simple hanging. Machine wash and dry. Dimensions are 180cm x 190cm (71in. by 74in).

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    28" x 22" ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 28" x 22"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1"-2" border.

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    36" x 28" ART PRINT You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as your selection of my original artwork on a 36" x 28"Gallery quality Giclée print using archival paper and inks. Custom trimmed by hand with a 1"-2" border.

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as one of my original paintings up to 50cm x 50cm (20" x 20")

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as one of my original paintings up to 76cm x 56cm (30" x 22")

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as one of my original paintings up to 100cm x 92cm (40" x 36")

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    CUSTOM ORIGINAL PAINTING You'll receive a handwritten postcard and project updates, as well as an original painting based off a photo you provide! It can be in any medium, can include up to 2 figures, and can be sized up to 100cm x 92cm (40" x 36")

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