I'm Kimberlee, a digital and analog collage artist living in Portland, Oregon. Although I'm a lifelong collector of ephemera and casual cut-and-paster, I only began collaging in earnest in mid-2020. My work is a bit dreamy, a little surreal, and quite interested in our bodies, our inner dialogues, and our exterior worlds.
I strive sometimes to evoke wistfulness, sometimes anguish, and often the tension between the two. I think I operate under the suspicion that the good stuff lives where it all overlaps.
A big part of my identity as an artist is my drive to create community with some of the extraordinary artists in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Variable Creatives (where I'm an artist collective member), One Lane Road, Splendorporium, Earthspace PDX, Pacific Northwest Collage Collective, and Curated Colours PDX have been integral to that journey. Check them out.
I also spend a lot of time writing, mostly creative nonfiction. My day job is in health communications.
why unreal city?
I chose Unreal City as the name for my creative presence online on a whim. It's from a stanza in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land:
Which I think just has it all: existential dread, allusions to stomach-churning bodily states, unnecessary French phrases, bleak cityscapes. Seemed a fitting series of images to invoke.