My work combines candid and semi-posed photography with printmaking to build images that trace paths through the what-if landscapes of my imagination. I am rediscovering a sense of play left behind in the many late nights of my childhood spent in the company of The Next Generation crew and adventure fantasy novels. Transforming the bodies of my unsuspecting models into cosmic cats and giant brewmaster hares is an exercise in world-building, translating my everyday life into a never-ending adventure.
As I sit in conversation with my inner child through my ongoing series “The Adventures of the Catstronauts and Their Intergalactic Neighbors”, I am also reaching out to meet and understand the woman I am becoming through self-portraiture studies. This balance of play and introspection drives my curiosity, fueling my work as I keep one eye on the stars and one foot firmly rooted in reality.
Mimi King is a printmaker and collage artist living and working in Richmond, VA with her trusty studio cat, Captain Catnip, and fiancé, Jeffery. She teaches relief and intaglio printmaking and 2D Design & Color Theory at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.