Sky Kim

Artist Statement

My meticulous, labor-intensive watercolor paintings/drawings are at once abstract, anatomical, spiritual and sensual.  There's a constant tug of war embedded in the organic undulations in my work. The shapes are comforting, yet dizzying; fluid, yet stagnant; organic, yet abstract; delicate, yet obsessive.  I record my personal time, space and raw emotions in each moment of creation. My inspiration comes from my philosophical belief in "reincarnation." My work is largely influenced by the loss of my twin sister at birth on an unconscious level. I've tried to figure out why I am here when she is not? What is my life purpose? I realized that through numerous lives, we complete our life cycle and become spiritually advanced. This realization influenced my work a great deal. I began to use the repetition of circles and wiggly lines to create patterns that represent the wheel of life-the reincarnation. A circle is an absolute form you can find in nature. Each circle in my work contains energy which allows a being to consistently evolve into a complete form of nature. When you draw a circle, there is no beginning or end. You always come back to the point where you started, just like our life process, the principle of Yin and Yang.

When I record my being and my spiritual journey in my work, no time exists other than the present moment, and each moment is vibrant with sensation. Everything, including life or death occurs in the present moment. Therefore, the moment of now is timeless and abundant. Our ability to see and hear depends upon our detection of energy traveling at different wavelengths of vibration. Vision and sound are the products of atomic particles in space colliding with one another and emitting patterns of energy. I simply capture these patterns of energy, the residue of my vibration in my work. Everything around us, about us, among us, within us, and between us is made of atoms and molecules vibrating in space. Although we define our self as solid, we are made of trillions of cells, gallons of water and ultimately everything about us exists in a constant and dynamic state of activity and movement in the name of evolving process. 


Sky Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received a Master's Degree in Painting at Pratt Institute in New York. She is a recipient of the National Museum of Contemporary Art's National Korean Art Competition Award and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs throughout the U.S. and Korea, including the DUMBO Arts Festival, Gwangju Biennale, MOCA DC and Governors Island Art Fair. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Korea Herald, Artlog and The Korea Daily and on WMBCTV.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2012    One Spirit, One Breath, Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, PA

2012    Sacred Geometry, chashama Gallery, New York, NY

2011    Reiterate the Repeat, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, NV

2011    Sea of SAMSARA, Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011    SAMSARA, Earlville Opera House Arts Center, NY

2010    NARS Open Studios Visiting Artist, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

2008    Two Person Show, Gallery Oms, Fort Lee, NJ

2002    Duck-won Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1998    Images of Beauty, The Right Bank Gallery, New York

1998    Dada Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1997    Two Person Show, Egg Gallery, New York

1995    Graduation Show, Pratt Institute, New York

1994    First Solo Show, Pratt Institute, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012    GLAAD Art Auction, Metropolitan Pavillion, New York, NY

            DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

            Subjective Objective, Victory Arts Projects Art Center, City, NJ

            Elements, Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ

            Re-imagine Ourselves, Yara's Winter Festival of New Art, Ukrainian Institute, NY, NY

2011    Residue, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

            PIN-IT-UP, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

            DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY (September)

            Homage to Morandi: Essence of Art, Brain Factory, Seoul, Korea

            Art: Gwangju, Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea

2011    Evolution of Power Movements, The Stoop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010    Private Eyes, I Made an Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            Multiplied Within, Able Fine Art NY Gallery, NYC

            Affordable Art Fair, Montclair Museum, NJ

            Made from Earth, Jersey City Art Fair, Jersey City, NJ

            Governors Island Art Fair, NYC

            Ecstatic, Curious Matter Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

            Fuzzy Logic, Thompson Gallery, The Cambridge School of Weston, MA

            Oddly Alive, The Troy Art Center, Troy, NY

2009    Subject to Change, Ox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            The Post Party World, Salon Ciel & Subdivision Art, Long Island City, NY

            Fresh Asphalt, Gallery Satori, NYC

            Paintpresent, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

            The Sketchbook Project Tour, Art House Gallery, Museum of Design Atlanta (Atlanta), 

            Museum of Contemporary Art DC (DC), Laconia Gallery (Boston), Antena Gallery, Chicago

            Art Source Gallery (Chicago), Soulard Art Market (St. Louis), 3rd Ward (Brooklyn)

2008    Pot Shots at Hot Shots, 3rd Rail Studio, New Rochelle, NY

            Starting Small, Lana Santorelli Gallery, NYC

2007    New '07' NurtureArt Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition,The Cue Art Foundation,NYC

2005    The Square Foot Show, Art Gotham, NYC

            Benefit Art Auction for New Orleans, Chi Gallery, Brooklyn ,New York

2003 -2000  Brooklyn Express, Injae Art Museum, Joenju University, Duck-won Gallery, Korea

2000    Forest of Humans & Forest of Paintings, Kwangju Biennale 2000, Kwangju,Korea

            The 14th Korean Art Competition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

1999    Confluence of Cultures, Gallery Korea, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Shaffler Gallery, New York

1998    Objects & Photo, Eklektikos Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

            People Place Things, Galleria Boricua, NYC

            Version 21, Tunnel, NYC

            La Grande Salon, Ridged Street Gallery, NYC

1997    Holy Ghost Salon, Holy Ghost School, Brooklyn, New York

            She Art, Galleria Boricua, Brooklyn, New York

            Objects & Photo, Eklektikos Gallery, Washington D.C

1995    One Night Show, 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC

            Page 13, 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC

            AAAC Annual: 12Thoughts & Frank, Asian American Arts Center, NYC

            Works on Paper, The Center for the Visual Arts of Illinois State University, Greenview Arts Center, Chicago