Water Heroes: Order Here

Digital prints on paper, 2023 The “Water Heroes” series celebrates the creative and adaptive strategies used by Sonoran Desert creatures to survive and thrive in a land of little rain and was commissioned by the US Water Alliance for the One Water Summit, held in Tucson, Nov. 14-16, 2023. I borrowed styles and design elements from traditions in paper cutting, one of my favorite forms, but created the portraits digitally, hand-drawn on an iPad. This is by no means an exhaustive collection—there are many more desert creatures and plants with adaptations to celebrate, and I hope to create more soon! The sample here offers a … Read more

Sonoran Desert Essential Workers

May 2020 Tucson, AZ Watercolors celebrating essential workers of the Sonoran Desert and the coronavirus pandemic. These paintings first appeared in ANTI/body, a site-specific collaboration between the University of Arizona’s Art+Feminism Collective and artist Natalie Brewster Nguyen, involving installation events in multiple locations around Tucson. The installations were viewable from a distance, on foot, or via car and bike. All were accompanied by a soundtrack.


I’ve moved my artwork site to www.KimiEiseleArtwork.com. View my original papercuttings (and purchase originals, prints, and notecards) there!

Shadow Puppetry

A short video about “In and Out of the Shadows,” by Emmett Williams of MissionMan Media. This film appears on “The Form Appears,” a collection of shorts about artists and their makings. A tribute to the Alaskan Yellow Cedar tree. Performed live in Sitka, Alaska, Nov. 11, 2015. Created and performed by Kimi Eisele, with assistance from Annika Ord. Music by Sarah Swong and AnnaLee Hirschi. Filmed by Emmet Williams. Created with support from the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. Yellow cedar grows in coastal Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. In the last 100 years, the tree has been dying off due to climate change. … Read more

A Forest Is the Moon in Slivers

CREATOR | PERFORMER A dance-theatre production exploring the forests of the sky islands through dance, sound, text, and shadow. 2018 with Vicki Brown “The Forest Is the Moon in Slivers” was a theatrical dance production of a work-in-progress presented on Dec. 30, 2018 at the Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre by myself and musician Vicki Brown. It incorporated the following elements: The performance lasted ~45 minutes, followed by Q/A and conversation, and hot cocoa. Special thanks to the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona for supporting this work via a New Works grant and to Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre for hosting it. Stills from video by … Read more

A Field Guide to Becoming-Animal this February

A workshop in movement, improvisation, perception, precarity & resilience Fridays, Feb. 21 & 28, 2020  6-9pm Saturday, Feb. 29, 1-4 pm While Western thought and science has long worked to separate us from plants and animals, alternative ways of knowing and feeling reveal our inherent and ongoing connection. Science now reveals the sensory perceptions of plants and the emotional capacities of animals, as environmental precarity challenges humans and ecosystems alike. In this workshop, we’ll explore what it might mean to “become-animal” (and plant!) using movement, observation, perception, and more. What might moving like a cat, thinking like a bat, or standing like a saguaro teach … Read more


CREATOR/PERFORMER A video/performance at the border wall. 2019/2020 in collaboration with Julius Schlosburg Part 1 Sentient: adj., able to perceive or feel things  In late September 2019, I organized a group of human animals to bring attention to new construction of border wall, just south of Lukeville, Arizona and east of Sonoyta, Mexico. The wall is a project of the Trump administration. On the US side of this section of wall is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a federally protected wilderness area and a UNESCO-recognized international biosphere reserve. The administration has waived state and federal laws—including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act—to … Read more

Tour Dates Summer 2019

TUCSON Tuesday, July 9, 7pm Exo Bar 403 N. 6th Ave   PHOENIX Wednesday, July 10, 7pm Changing Hands Bookstore 300 W. Camelback Road DENVER Thursday, July 11, 7pm Tattered Cover LoDo 1701 Wynkoop St. SALT LAKE CITY Friday, July 12, 7pm King’s English Bookshop 1511 S. 1500 E SAN DIEGO Sunday, July 14, 2pm Mysterious Galaxy 5943 Balboa Ave. #100 SAN FRANCISCO Monday, July 15, 7pm BookShop West Portal 80 W Portal Ave. PASADENA Tuesday, July 16, 7pm Vroman’s Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd. BALTIMORE Tuesday, July 23, 7pm The Ivy Bookshop 6080 Falls Road WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 pm East City … Read more

a forest is the moon in slivers

a forest is the moon in slivers text + movement + sound + shadow + cocoa SUNDAY, DEC. 30, 2018  |  2-3 pm Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona FREE (bring your own mug) Donations appreciated Join me for an informal showing of a work-in-progress / improvisational inquiry. A sapling. With the inimitable soundscapestress, Vicki Brown What does the forest know? How does a forest work? What does a forest say? I’ve been thinking and reading/writing/moving about trees and forests and the sky islands and seeds and wildfire and time-scale and ants and fungus and light and climate. Forests improvise. So … Read more