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Artist ID: 2290

The artist creates mixed media ceramic installations exploring death and mortality. Reinterpreting the vanitas genre – a genre that flourished in the Netherlands in the late 16th, early 17th, century as a metaphor for the meaninglessness of earthly life and transient nature of earthly goods and pursuits. Translated from the Latin word meaning vanity, hallmarks of this artistic genre include depicting symbols associated with death and the futility of earthly pleasures. Employing classical iconography, such as skulls, timepieces, fruit, and flowers in contemporary fashion, the artist comments on 21st century vanitas to allude to the transient and cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth. The artist’s current body of work serves as a commentary on the self-admiration running rampant in our society.

Kimberly Riner, Visual Arts Director, Averitt Center for the Arts, received her Masters of Fine Art from Georgia Southern University in Sculpture with an emphasis in ceramics. Riner currently teaches at Georgia Southern University, and Ogeechee Technical College. She is actively involved in growing the art scene in the Statesboro area where she opened the Averitt Center’s new visual arts facility: The Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts.
Her artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in private collections. Exhibition venues include: Mason City, IA; Atlanta, GA; North Charleston, SC; Lake City, SC; Fort Meyers, FL; Sheffield, England, UK.
Riner lives with her husband, Richard and twin daughters in Statesboro, GA.

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