Derek (top detail), 2018


Artist Statement

Kim's work is inspired by the idea of “a tone licked clean”, articulated by James Merrill and his assertion that every story is simple. Her work engages the audience through storytelling – one of her own or one she's encountered - stripping down and abstracting for consideration. Kim's experience as a teacher taught her that a hook has the power to captivate reluctant audiences. Teaching also taught her that seeing the world through a child’s eyes touches something elemental in our meat as humans. With these ideas in mind, she transforms ubiquitous objects to tell simple stories. She uses the viewer’s own curiosity around how, who, and why to entice.