Mee Hyun Kim
Dedication and persistence grew within me when I discovered art.
I realized that from every angle in observation of our environment, our world lies remnants of ideas and creativity. No matter what form of art, I know that it has the ability to open the soul, an outlet which keeps me grounded and positions myself to hold onto a faith. As far as training I learned through school, home, and on my own. I believe that being able to share art is a privilege and I am grateful to be able to. Art can have different meanings for people, but my ultimate way of expression is not to show only the beauty of the subject. The frightening or mysterious is also in existence. I attempt to combine both entities. I hope when people see my art they leave with either an understanding or puzzlement. Understanding that expression is individualized, and puzzlement from fear of the unknown, the medium which guides me through my work.
Humanity is bombarded with threats and life chaos. But, it does not mean there are no meaningful experiences. We struggle, but there is a use, purpose, or connection to the choices we make. There are times where it is more noticeable then not, but altogether the signs are evident. There are also times, when we are bound by temptation or negative forces, but in the end lies a plan rooted and characterized for all. This piece also represents the spiritual warfare that happens to be challenging no matter what our present state may be. The melancholy and lonely disposition that may only be relieved through the constant search for truth.
There truly lies an evil aspect to life along with the good. In this piece, I wanted to express the difficulty in being entrapped or when in the grip of a conscience that is not so positive. The figures enclosed are represented to show deceiving and convincing that direction may be. Many times we breathe or speak of nothing but pessimism. It not only deters the way of life, but affects our inner being, too. No matter the power and persuasive choices we may be given, there is room for change and light. The choices we make are defined by our spiritual tendencies.
Birds are often times celebrated or their beauty, essence, and ability to fly. There are those like the ostrich, which on the other hand in comparison to the typical bird, is considered ugly and cannot really fly. I favor that part of the ostrich, because they are visually unique to look at and their “ugliness” makes them more appealing as a bird species. So, I put them on a stand they are hanging as would part of a circus or carnival. The patterns in the background represent their personalities. All in all, my message is no matter the outward appearance, there lies meaning and depth to everything.
The meaning of life is skewed into many paths. There is always an adventure, event, or opinion that accounts for something we choose to do. This piece represents the growth and eagerness to progress. Progress can sometimes be hard to come by, but effort is the key to sustain it. Effort no matter how small or large can build a foundation. The gold and silver tree is the balance that allows for the animals to maintain their stability. I hope to express that nothing is permanent. Everything is integration, and eventually all creation will transcend into something higher or reach a destiny.