Kiya Kim

My artworks are a result of observation on status anxiety and constant search of moment of rest in the relationships with people. I want to recreate the struggles as a narrative on each piece with the materials from everyday life. In my artworks, I use a lot of synthetic plastic materials and its artificial bright colors. I find them resembling the big metropolitan cities that I had lived in and my interactions with others in the city. My artworks are inspired by my experiences in the big cities where it may seem stimulating, exciting and glamorous on the outside, but it is rather pretentious and carries the emptiness from inside. With my other mediums of work such as fashion magazines, I remove models from well–staged fashion advertisement to my blank canvas. Selected faces and body parts are characters of each story and carefully collaged with the plastic materials to show the moment of tension and release alongside.

Mixture of different materials, fashion, language, urban and ordinary objects, and vivid colors are thoroughly considered and recreated in harmony with one another into an artwork of mine, and in such visual images are encompassed and encoded the story of both my life’s external experiences and internal wanderings

Further, recreation of daily items through aligning them with other materials may be part of the process in which a life of a person meets that of another from a different background and finds harmony or it may also be a journey of finding one’s true self from the reflection of the other.

The reason and questions brimming from among such a series of creative elements and incessantly redefined relationship settings in my life are directly related to my art work. These, ultimately, become an act of self-communication, and such are repeated actions of life, discovered from within while sometimes needed to be renounced and other times be maximized.