A fascination for emotions and how it colors the world around us drives my work. Our emotions shape how we see, perceive and remember life and it is that process of reshaping reality that I explore in my work. The created world portrayed in my work becomes a place where memory of the past, the feeling of the present moment, and the hopes and dreams of the future converge. Perhaps because I grew up watching children on the streets of Nairobi transforming metal cans into toy cars or rolling up plastic bags and twine into soccer balls, I am constantly drawn to transforming rejected materials into something new, whether it is transforming discarded stacks of manuscript paper into birds or transforming discarded moments into marks of color.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. I made my way to the USA for college and received my MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
“Life and Work with Soyoung L Kim” on Boston Voyager
“Passage Through Blue” on Daily Free Press
“Open Studio Interview” on VSCO