"Leveling the Bubbles on Folly Beach with Vintage Level" by Kim Keelor.
Description: Leveling the Bubbles on Folly Beach with Vintage Hand-hewn Level is a wool and silk assemblage. It was created in the spring of COVID-19, inspired by a young woman the artist saw on Folly Beach who appeared to be expressing praise. "Leveling the bubbles," means to calm a difficult situation.
Artist Statement: Leveling the Bubbles on Folly Beach with Vintage Hand-hewn Level is a wool and silk assemblage by Charleston, S.C. artist Kim Keelor. Walking on the beach at sunrise in the spring of COVID-19 after my father was devastated by losing his lifelong friend with no goodbye; subsequent insomnia from worrying about my parents who are in their late 70s and the many beautiful lives being lost; and then the shutdown of my husband's new business, I saw a young woman. Also alone, she appeared to be expressing joyful praise. Just seeing her gave me hope. I considered the phrase "leveling the bubbles," used by military people meaning to put things into perspective, or to calm a difficult situation. Using a technique that predates weaving, I bind wool and silk fibers with vigorous handwork, followed by a needle-felted details. Many of my wool paintings are paired with vintage artifacts to enlivening the portrayal of that moment in time, hence the old handmade level I found in a salvage shop.