Art by Bonnie Kamhi

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BONNIE KAMHI - PRINTS

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I tell stories through a three part process that involves first creating sculptures, then photographing and transforming them into digital images.  

The focus of my work involves marrying various aspects of the female form with the grace, beauty and lushness of leaves, flowers, nature and clay masks.  In this way, I am able to evoke and express emotions within me that I need to share.  The special hands-on relationship I have with physically forming each sculpture gives me the freedom to materialize in three dimensions whatever I visualize in my mind.  The fact that I actually touch and feel the softness and flow evolve as I manipulate the clay.  It allows me to nuance my work with an intimacy and closeness that I cannot achieve in any other way.

 

My work is printed on archival paper "Entrada Rag Natural."  High quality archival inks are used in the workmanship of the production.  All works get a certificate.

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BIOGRAPHY

 

Bonnie Kamhi is a sculptor, photographer and natural story-teller.  Her art conveys a dramatic synergy between the female form and nature. Her desire is to achieve a softnesss and fluidity in her work and express contemporary and timeless messages about women.  She states, "Flowers are Mother Nature's finest sculptures next to the female form.

 

Bonnie's artistic process begins with sculpting realistic figures in clay.  She then photographs them and digitally combines them with photographs she has taken of flowers. The resulting black and white photographic composites retain the dimensional quality of her sculptures with an added sensuality and ethereal presence. When appropriate for the piece she uses soft touches of color. All photographs are printed on archival paper using high quality archival inks and are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

 

Since childhood Bonnie has expressed her interest in drawing, painting and sculpture.  Growing up in New York, her innate talent was enhanced by having access to the worlds most prominent museums and public art statues. Later, her travels to Italy, France, London, Australia, Greece and Africa continued to ignite her knowledge and passion for creating sculpture.

 

Bonnie's artwork is in numerous private collections which include many commissions.  She is the recipient of several distinguished honors including a monetary award for "Born Free" at the Monmouth Museum.  This exhibition was juried by Marion Grzesiak, Executive Director of the Visual Art Center of NJ.  She received an Honorable Mention for "Born Free" at Exhibitions Without Walls. She was also in the final round with "Immersed by Nature." She has won two top awards for "Her Story" from Manhattan Arts International. One was for The Featured Artist Art Award. The other was also from Manhattan Arts International for Special Recognition Art Award from Karen Gutfreund, an artist and curator. Gutfreund stated, "Bonnie Kamhi's work is visually arresting, it stopped me in my tracks to delve in and explore further.  The work is gorgeous and lush, but now knowing her process I am even more intrigued and mesmerized. She is truly unique in her practice." On the website, The Healing Power of Art & Artists, Bonnie won the Award of Excellence.  Bonnie also won an award for Artistic Innovation for "Reflecting" from The Guild of Creative Art in New Jersey.

 

In an article written by Renee Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International, she wrote, "Bonnie Kamhi has the ability to create a compelling symbiotic relationship between human figures and nature that celebrate and transcend their physical forms and enter the narrative realm of poetic splendor."

 

Bonnie has taught classes in figurative clay.  She is a member of the National Sculpture Society, Allied Artists of America, Inc and The Guild of Creative Art, Atlanta Photography Group, Manhattan Arts International, Belmar Art Council.

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