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Songyi Kim

Songyi Kim

Born in Seoul, Korea / Works in Brooklyn, NY
Songyi Kim is a Korean-born, New York-based artist and art educator. She studied at Seoul National University and received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kim’s art works have been featured in numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums in the States and Korea, including The Bronx Museum of the Arts, SOMA Museum of Arts and White Box among others. Her main residency awards include those at the Jentel Artists Residency, the McColl Center and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
You'll like Songyi if: you make the most out of every situation!
I like to work with discarded materials and objects that inspire me to respond to their mysterious history. Collaborating with the existing surface and form of unwanted things from art studios, classes and domestic environments, I add gestural marks, saturated and vibrant colors, and layers of collage and decoration. The resulting works are abstractions that function as visual records of the process of finding, collecting, playing, and transforming these materials. My works celebrate the ‘useless’ matter in a world where ‘useful or valuable’ materials are preferred. Transforming these easily discarded materials preserves them from the fleeting nature of their existence.
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