Sky Kim Five Alive

On today's Five Alive, where we ask people we admire five questions about their creative lives, we are happy to be featuring Sky Kim. Sky is an artist based in New York, who makes "meticulous, labor-intensive watercolor paintings/drawings are at once abstract, anatomical, spiritual and sensual." See some more information about her inspirations and accolades below, in addition to the answers about her peaceful existence making art. Thanks, Sky!

Sky Kim 

Sky Kim 

In her artist statement she writes:  "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." 

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, The Korea Daily and on WMBCTV. 

Inside her studio 

Inside her studio 

Untitled  (detail)  watercolor on paper, 21 'x 180", 2013   

Untitled (detail)

watercolor on paper, 21 'x 180", 2013


What is your favorite art making tool? 

It’s watercolor. It's amazing to see what you can create with simple tools that anybody can use to create something visually phenomenal.

What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?

I usually listen to New Age radio shows or TED.

‪Where do you go for peace and quiet?

I go to my studio where I both work many hours and meditate. It’s very small but it’s my sanctuary. I mentally create a vortex there, which keeps me grounded to Mother Earth and tune into my higher self.

Where is your next dream travel destination?

Anywhere in the galaxy, preferably a higher dimension. Realistically, I plan to travel and have exhibitions in Europe.

Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?

I am always drawn to indigo with a little hint of purple. To me, it’s a sacred color that boosts my spirituality. I become both calm and excited at the same time. 

    Untitled,  marker on paper, 24 inches x 10 yards, 2010

 Untitled, marker on paper, 24 inches x 10 yards, 2010


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