Born in the UK, Kim Demuth continually moved around the world as a child before his family eventually settled in Australia when he was a teenager. It wasn’t until his early twenties before he would travel again, and it was on his return, after spending some time in Prague amongst the writers, musicians, and artists drawn there in those days, that he became committed to what had always been his raison d’être. Some years later, he graduated from Queensland University of Technology (Australia) in 1999 with a BA (Honours) in Visual Arts (First Class). He has since exhibited extensively, including solo shows throughout Australia, and group shows both nationally and internationally. He has also worked independently as a curator, and on various public art commissions amongst other related activities. His works belong to numerous private and institutional collections around Australia and abroad.
Demuth utilises images of both his own but also found, often resourced from old albums that bare little to no trace of their origins. He became interested in vernacular photography from early on, as a means of exploring the space/worlds of others, but from a distance. Because there is little other than what we see in an unknown image, we have to contribute our own imagination to it. During his practice he has developed an optical device to drive his imagery into the realm of illusion, oscillating between 2D and 3D points of perception – creating an interspace; neither here nor there, an ‘in-between world’ of sorts. The illusionary photographic image is mainly a way of examining and portraying a reflection of the outer world. Like a distorted mirror, his photographic images stare back and query our own skewed perceptions, not to provide answers, but to encourage questions.
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