Life on the Inside

By Kim Triedman | January 21, 2021

I am a published poet and novelist. I began working in collage as a way to further indulge my fascination with story.

Collage is a kind of visual poetry. It seeks coherence amidst disorder, elegance amidst anarchy. It traverses a subterranean landscape, where who we are and what we experience is reflected back at us through the mirror of our canvases. When I sit down to work on a collage, I almost never know where it is going. Pieces find other pieces, of their own volition, assembling themselves into what is ultimately the answer to a question I never knew I was asking.


Kim Treidman, The Lord She Will Carry Us (I), Collage on canvas, 20.5″ x 16.5″, 2020


Kim Treidman, The Last Conversation, Collage on Canvas, 16.5″ x 20.5″, 2020


In this context, one’s work is never very far from one’s life, from one’s surroundings. Like nothing else in our lifetimes, COVID has redefined what it means to live and to breathe, to mourn, to exist as a human being amidst and apart from other human beings. For me, its arrival on the scene also coincided with the abrupt decline of my father into late-stage Alzheimer’s disease and dramatic changes in my mother’s health status and living requirements.


Kim Triedman, Wish You Were Here, Collage on found board, 12″ x 9″, 2020


Kim Triedman, Chinatown, Collage on canvas, 14.5″ x 11.5″, 2020


All of this—the loss, the grief, the distillation of what relationships mean in the age of COVID—has wended its way into my art. The themes of isolation and absence are writ large in many of these pieces. So too the sense of yearning – for something, for someone, for a world that’s disappeared, for a world that hangs just out of reach.


Kim Triedman, Come Again Tomorrow, Collage on found board, 12″ x 11″, 2020


Kim Triedman, Oh, Collage on canvas, 16.5″ x 12.5″, 2020


Kim Triedman, The Lord Giveth And The Lord Taketh Away, Collage on canvas, 16.5″ x 20.5″, 2020


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  1. C. J. Lori on January 23, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I am so sorry it has been such a difficult year for you and your parents. It sure isn’t easy. I always love your work, Kim, and can see the poetry in it.

    • Kim Triedman on January 23, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, CJ. We’ve all had our challenges this year, but I’m trying to feel hopeful for 2021. Stay well.

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