Kim Van Someren

Truth be told, I’m a sucker for black and white drypoint. The simplicity of means removes the need for any kind of tech conversation. It’s a straightforward approach that is direct and raw. Its limitation is a strength.

I stumbled across Kim Van Someren‘s Forts and Houses series recently and thought I’d share. The majority of the prints are drypoint. To quote Kim,  as technicians we “get put into this interesting position of knowing too many techniques and tricks to make plates and prints- in order to simplify things and relieve myself from utilizing all of the tools of the medium, I wanted to focus on a body of work which kept things as simple as possible.” A lot of us can probably relate that sentiment. I think that’s what I appreciate about seeing a good drypoint- no frills. In an email exchange, she went on to say, “My work references the idea of building. This could mean construction of a physical structure or implied movement. The forts and houses became a way for me to stack something made of simple materials that could walk around, twist, or blow over. Growing up in nowhere, rural Wisconsin, this is how we put things together- unplanned but somewhat structured. They are built (scribed) without plans and from the ground up- it made me think of piling up stick forts, or building with homemade Lincoln Logs. Building these structures became an act of finding space through repetition and texture.”

Van Someone works in holds a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. She is currently the Instructional Technician in Printmaking, Fibers, Painting, Drawing and IVA at the University of Washington.  She is also an instructor in Etching at the Pratt Fine Arts Center and Kirkland Arts Center. You can see more of her work on her website.  This is only small sample…


Kim Van Someren, Fort 3, drypoint, 11 1/2″x 71/2″, 2010.


Kim Van Someren, Fort 4, drypoint, 10″x 7 1/2″, 2010.


Kim Van Someren, Walking Fort, Drypoint, 12″x 9″, 2011.


Kim Van Someren, Fort 7, drypoint, 12″x 9″, 2010.


Kim Van Someren, Fort 11, aquatint & chine colle, 12″x 9″, 2011.

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One Response to “Kim Van Someren”

  1. Black and white looks great and nice to see an artist like you Kim bringing it to life. I am an artist myself and marvel at whats possible in mono.