actor, entrepreneur, host
Ms. Hawthorne has over 20 years experience on the big screen and television. Her feature film roles include the popular THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and ALONG CAME A SPIDER. She was a series regular on Louis C.K.’s first HBO show, LUCKIE LOUIE and she was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Leo Award for her role in DA VINCI’S INQUEST. She recurred on ABC Family’s SWITCHED AT BIRTH, and currently she portrays the indomitable, Kerissa Greenleaf on OWN’s hit tv series, GREENLEAF!
When she is not acting Ms. Hawthorne enjoys designing her ready-to-wear head wraps and spending time with her sons, Julian and Tobias. Kim is also a gifted singer with emphasis in gospel, r&b, and classical.
Light is generally unavailable to millions on Earth after dark. In my early life, I grew up without access to manufactured Light (or technology for that matter) in a farming community in India. We lived with the natural light we had – somewhat supplemented with oil lamps. I strive to create work that interrogates those early experiences and that is at the edge of familiarity and experience; and to simulate going from unaware to aware states. I am interested in providing stimulus and context to experiences, and human and natural world concepts and reality, often by combining simple, even primitive, natural objects and such, with technology. Light is a natural and democratic medium that lets me do this, and metaphors linking Light to knowledge, awareness, thought, ideas, are abundant: “enlightenment”, “bright ideas”, “flashes of genius” or of “insight”. In Hindu scriptures darkness is seen as avidya, lack of knowledge both spiritual and intellectual, that a guru can dispel: ‘gu’ meaning darkness, and ‘ru’ meaning dispeller. Light is the quintessential “guru”!
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photo by Corey Melton