Hae Yuon Kim

Oakland, California

Where would you like to take your work in the future?

I know that my work hasn’t quite arrived — there’s a lot of integration that has yet to happen for me. My interests in artmaking — or more broadly, “making” — are very disparate. I sometimes call myself a dilettante, but I don’t necessarily mean that as a pejorative because I believe humans are creative by nature. I am drawn to many forms of expression — maybe it’s just a way of living, not just “being an artist.” I truly try to be okay with that and not get too bogged down by more conventional ideas of what success as an artist looks like.

I think my experience as an immigrant outside of the dominant culture has given me an appreciation of looking for what is not so obvious — the hidden scenes and the underlying emotions. I am most happy with my paintings that express these feelings and ideas about what it means to be human. I want to continue in that vein and I am open to whatever imagery or styles that help me get there.

Over the last couple of years, I have spent a lot of time reading, studying, working on myself and my art practice. I have relied on a number of classes (in addition to Nick’s workshops), mindfulness practices, and many books that have been an essential part of my journey. What things have you learned and used that are helpful to you?