KIMBERLEE TRAUB’s unique pen & ink illustrations are created in her Philadelphia studio and her art has appeared in exhibits from NJ to San Francisco. Her work has been shown in her Fishtown neighborhood from gallery spaces to the mud pit of the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. Past gigs include gallery assistant, body painter, production artist for a puppet theater, clothing company visual artist, volunteer art teacher and creator for local Halloween attractions as an actress, stage manager and crafter of haunted houses. She currently works as a freelance illustrator and massage therapist when she is not creating installations and murals.
Kimberlee also helped lead the Mutter Museum inspired Philly Phreak Show art installation to the base of the effigy at Burning Man 2015. In 2016 she brought her first mural to Center Camp in Black Rock City. Locally, She is a part of The Philadelphia Experiment (PEX) where she assists the art director and effigy team and displays her own art at festivals and events.
Kimberlee’s pen & ink illustrations started in 1990s ‘zines and found their way to the streets of Philadelphia. To her, art is gateway to great things when used to feed imagination; it connects people, helps us imagine possibility, and gives space to dreams of making positive change in the world. By creating impermanent and burnable art, pasting murals around Philly, and illustrating in a comic inspired style, Kimberlee creates art that is tangible to every day experience. Her ideal is to elevate experience with beauty and mindful moments. Her subject ranges from dancer muses to Goddess images meant to inspire women to feel their creative power.