bio and statement

Cultural Assimilation

Ann Kim is a Korean-American mixed-media artist. She has a BFA in Art Practice and BA in Art History from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College. Her recent interests and obsessions include antipodes, time and space, layering, shredding, and weaving translucent surfaces, cutouts, breaking the flatness of painting, mythological archetypes, and the collapse of the way we understand time and location. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally through solo and group exhibitions. She has also received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards including the Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship from San Francisco Arts Commission, Sarah Lewis Painting Fellowship, IU New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Grant, and IU East Summer Faculty Fellowship, and IU East Faculty Research Support Fund. She has completed residencies at Art Farm (NE), The Rensing Center (SC), Brush Creek Ranch (WY), Arterra (Portugal), Pinea-Linea de Costa (Spain), ArteStudioGinestrelle (Italy), Earthskin (New Zealand). Her work is in part of collection at the University of Texas-Tyler, The Greater Columbus Convention Center, and numerous private collections. She is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University East in Richmond, IN and lives in Dayton, OH, where her studio practice is based. 


ARTIST
ART EDUCATOR
EXPLORER  
BELIEVER IN THE GREY ZONE
PERPETUALLY CONFLICTED


I am a mixed media visual artist, explorer, educator. My current obsessions and interests include historical remnants, human memory, the way we experience time, place, and space, human constructs that have been created to aid us in understanding the world around us, the desire to explore the unknown, and the concept of artists as wanderers. 

In my work, my goal is to create visual objects that are layered with these symbols: past, present, future, fragmentation, artifacts, imagination, layered on top of one another. Recently, I have begun to use images of antipodal landmass as well as archetypical mythological icons as visual metaphors. They also my musings and reflections on the irreversibility of time and its cycle as I search for a sense of redemption, acceptance, letting go, and carpe diem while being connected to the world around me of the past, present, and future: each day, the wind moves, people move, water moves, the earth moves, I move, and time happens. 

Ann B. Kim, Dayton, OH

Ann B. Kim, Dayton, OH

Ann Kim's Show at the City Center Gallery

Ann Kim talks about her work representing the difficulty of ethnic identity and cultural clashes inherent in immigrating from another country.