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Dasol Kim

Dasol Kim

Artist Work

Close To You
2014
Oil on canvas
48"x48"
Twinkle Twinkle
2013
Oil on canvas
35"x35"
Cherish
2015
Oil on canvas
29"x50"
Eternal Sunshine
2013
Oil on canvas
24"x36"
Nostalgia
2015
Oil on canvas
30"x48"
Untitled
2015
Oil on canvas
48"x48"

Artist Information

County
Frederick County
Phone
240-413-6479
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

The body of my current works defines my personal experiences and dreams in my life with original and unique ideas about transforming a space and with my interpretation about memory and dream. From childhood memory to the present moment, I have so much of varied experiences, and I hope to express each special moment onto my canvases. My intentions are to use this unique background to create paintings that reveal myself. Trying with different materials and exploring more in painting, my works have been changed over time from realistic to more abstract works. My works are personal and each one of them tells a story, so they can be read differently by the viewers. I have used oil paint on canvas fabric for the most of works, and I enjoy studying and using the harmony of colors and shapes. Sometimes I work with multimedia to put together as a special piece such as sound and LED projector. My paintings represent the duality of reality vs. unreality, visibility vs. invisibility, and inside & outside views. The combination of both abstract and realistic objects shows the dreamy and unexpected scenes within the space. To express an ordinary space in my memory into a piece of art, I try to think outside of box. I bring out each different moment in my mind by sketching and drawing the images on paper and then I make collages as a reference. WIth that idea, I change and add more colors and objects with my own expression. The process of thinking and making works is very important to me, and it also represents the theme of transformation because I just do not paint directly from what I saw, but rather paint what I felt and dreamed. Having an obsession with colors, glittery objects and lights that catch my eyes, color brings out the memory I have in the past, and also it brings out a hope for the future. I have used specific colors in works for myself and for the viewers to imagine beyond of what they see visually and to feel the ambient atmosphere that I created.

Artist Bio

Multimedia Artist. Painter. Curator. Educator. Writer

Dasol Kim is originally from In-Cheon, South Korea. She is a Baltimore-based artist whose work explores memory, comfort, nature, dream, space, repetition, abstraction, the combination of both realistic and abstract features, and visions of symbols.

Kim received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 and currently studies MFA in Curatorial Practice program. In 2011, She was granted and got transfer scholarship for the entire undergrad school years. She had her first solo exhibition which is selected and promoted by the Raw Artist Showcase at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore; and has had a group exhibition at the Gibbs Street Gallery in VisArts at Rockville and numerous group exhibitions in MICA and throughout the Baltimore City. Kim is a 2013 recipient of the Travel Grant from Winifred M. Gordon '28 International Programs Awards.

Also, she has been an international artist, and art teacher for several years in community art centers/organizations.