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Kim Basile

My name is Kim Basile. I have a background in Social Work, but recently returned to UIC to complete a post baccalaureate in Studio Arts. My interest in art began at an early age, inspired by the beauty of my home state, Arkansas. My primary medium is oil painting, but recently I have turned my focus to sculpture and performance based art. I am specifically interested in community engagement projects. My goal is to find ways to engage others within my community, through projects that are whimsical and thought provoking. Art is a part of my daily life. It is everywhere, all of the time.

Covid Cabinet

What We Choose To Believe – The Covid Cabinet 2020

47.5 x 28 x 21
Wooden cabinet, newsprint, household objects

How do our beliefs influence the decisions we make? What impact does the news media have in our lives? The choices we make can effect not just ourselves, but the larger community.

During a time of national and international crisis, What We Choose To Believe, is a divisive issue. The Covid Cabinet explores the idea of personal responsibility; encouraging the viewer to consider the consequences of their beliefs.

I installed this piece in front of the former Nini’s Deli for one day during November of 2020. I picked this location because the deli was permanently closed after the owners came out against the Black Lives Matter movement and made racist and homophobic remarks. (More information can be found by googling Nini’s Deli)