J. Kim Sessums realized he need not search
for his own style. After a lifetime spent exploring his creative
impulses, it found him. By age 6, he
had survived the separate deaths of both parents and continued his
childhood at his grandparents home on a rural Mississippi backroad.
Overcoming boredom and loneliness in a small town, his imagination
led to an unexpected joy of studying the character and form of those
around him. Whether black, white, old, young, city folk or country
their every nuance was committed to memory, recorded in written
journals and then turned into visual art.
Constant artistic observation
allowed him to experience the varied worlds
of the rural south in ways others can not. The natural way he translated
their qualities through graphite particles on paper, paint or bronze
seemed to command his works to speak, occasionally sing, or even
slap the viewer in the face, making them take a closer look and
setting them off on their own journey into self retrospection.