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The old saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. That notion certainly holds true for Kim Wintje, who uses recycled aluminum, wire, wood, and canvas to create poignant, provocative — sometimes perplexing — sewn metal sculptures.

As a visual artist, Kim has been experimenting with materials and messages for over 20 years, primarily using fiber. But it was a collaborative effort with another artist that opened her eyes to the possibilities that light-weight metal offered. During a one-year project for a local gallery, Kim and her partner explored the tradition of ritual art forms, which are often used in native cultures to “reawaken” — to remind us of an invisible, yet universal, pathway connecting and uniting human beings with the earth and all its life forms.
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