Über das Buch
Needle felting became a lifeline and the thirteen hairless cat sculptures she created over a period of two years became a microphone for the struggles and insights her conscious mind couldn’t yet articulate. The sculptures speak personally but also collectively to anyone who suffers disability and chronic illness - communicating our longing to be normal, the challenges of being part of a world that doesn’t understand and the need to find a form of self-expression and purpose even when our body makes it nearly impossible.
Each figure took hundreds of hours to sculpt but the satisfaction of creating during the immense chapter of uncertainty brought shape and meaning to her days. This hairless cat series - with their exposed bones and curves - intimately expresses the vulnerability and raw, fragile aliveness that is the truth of who we all are, especially when "our protective furs" have fallen away.
This book offers a very personal and honest look at what it’s like to live with a rare or chronic disorder and how disheartening it can be to chase cures. It is the author/artist’s hope that it might be a companion to those who are searching for a new, empowering perspective on living with adversity.
Kimberly is founder and director of Unfixed - a media production company that shares stories of those living with chronic or rare conditions and how adversity can complete and broaden our definition of what it means to live a “good life.” The inevitable peaks and valleys of living with an incurable, chronic condition are part of an expanding Unfixed portfolio that currently includes a docu-series, multiple mini-series, a podcast, round-table webcast, and feature documentary film all in production. Unfixed has led to Kimberly’s larger advocacy role within the chronic illness community where, alongside directing and producing media, she writes and speaks about her own patient experiences and how healing can exist even when our bodies can’t be cured. She is a member of the PPAA (Patient and Physician Advocacy Alliance), helped create a Course for Clinical Confidence - a medical school certificate course - and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Design.