Sam Kimberle currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with a studio in Asheville, North Carolina. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Sam attended Dickinson College for her undergraduate degree in Religion, holds a Master’s Degree from Temple University in Religion with an emphasis on Eastern religious traditions, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Though she has a significant amount of formal education in other areas, Sam is a self-taught Artist.
As a child, Sam enjoyed crafting and creating with polymer clay, which was a relatively new material at that time. Several decades later, Sam re-discovered her love for polymer clay, but now knows the potential of the medium to perform beyond crafting and into the world of fine art.
Sam’s polymer clay, mixed media artwork was featured in the September 2021 issue of Passion for Polymer magazine.
My artwork explores themes of healing and identity. When I practiced law, I worked in social justice serving some of the most vulnerable populations. I saw people at their worst, the strength it takes to ask for help, and how the justice system can be the first step to healing. Those themes are pervasive within the art that I create.
When we challenge ourselves to transform, and push ourselves beyond our perceived limitations or expectations, we can feel broken and lost. But somehow, even at our lowest moments when we feel we may fall apart, we remain together. I employ a Japanese kintsugi-like style within my mixed media sculptures to denote that what is broken can heal. What is broken can be beautiful and whole in a new way.
There is a healing force in my artwork. It is the Divine, and it is love. It is the bond that holds everything together. My work has a message of strength and resilience.