Karis Kim:
If I have artistic
talent, it’s not
my own,
it’s God’s blessing

Abstractpainter Karis Kim’s works are full of expressive lines and brushstrokes. The South Korean artist creates all the colors herself and brings them into her paintings. Art Gallery 5'14 invites you to read her story and discover her paintings.

- Tell us about yourself, what inspired you to become an artist?
The reason I started painting, It was because of the merit of being able to deliver many contents in only one painting. Personally, I hope that my paintings do not just show interest or visual effects, but conveys many hidden contents and give emotion and enlightenment in the mind of people. 

... I hope that my paintings do not just show interest or visual effects, but conveys many hidden contents and give emotion and enlightenment in the mind of people ...

- What is your favourite medium and why?
- As a painter I am working in multiple mediums. The first one is mixed media, acrylic on canvas. 

Main materials of art works are mixed media or acrylic on canvas. Regarding color, I’m not use commercial paint, but make all colors by myself, those colors with some mediums and plaster are used to mixed media.

After plastering the object with creative colors, then sculpting it, this process can give a three-dimensional effect, it is not limited to the genre of art, but can give the effects such as formative, architecture, music, sense, and texture.

Most literature and art are written by writers or painters, it becomes the subject and gives meaning, but my works produce only half meaning to clients and the other half will be finished by the viewer's eyes and thoughts. Also my works are neither realism nor aestheticism, those are mainly semi-abstraction.

The central themes of my works are the meaning of life, the value of nature, pursue of freewill, desire of freedom, revolution of colors, communion and creation with God, express an emotion by rough or soft dot, line and strokes, breaking away from standardized things and add on philosophy, psychology and spirituality on arts.

The second one is oriental paintings (works on paper).

The charm of oriental painting is to express everything by line and rough stroke only. Using various colors can distort to the original intention of artist, but using simple colors can more express both objection and intention of artist. If color & water are restrained as much as possible, deep inside of objection can be more expressed detaily, I can more concentrate on my art work because I don’t need to worry about suitable color selection. My art works have each story, add to philosophy, psychology & literature. You may like my arts or don’t understand it, but since you’ve started reading this, I can at least assume you’ve curious about this perplexing art form that evades definition and artistic classification. I refuse actually description of an object, but just pursue and express my thought, philosophy, mind & creation on paper.

And the third one is brush writing (works on paper).

Oriental brush writing is only expressed with ink and brush on paper, so the ingredients are so simple, but this writing contains the beauty of formativeness and rhythm and can express a writer's personality and psychology. Also it does not draw specific objects, but simply symbolic letters composed of dots, lines and strokes, needs writer's high imagination, so it can be called abstract.

... I refuse actually description of an object, but just pursue and express my thought, philosophy, mind & creation on paper ...

- Who or what are your most important artistic influences?
- Vincent Van Gogh.
I put my emotions such as joys, happy, anger, sorrows and etc of my life in my paintings. Not tailored to the needs of others or contemporary society, but what I want to draw, I want to express, I just transfer them with my feelings and thoughts or the voice of God shown during prayer on the canvas. As I appreciate Gogh's life such as the gap between reality and ideals, the despair and pain he may have experienced, it is a lot of comfort to my situation because he must have been more painful than me. What I always felt while drawing was how painful it must have been for Gogh.. It was many times miserable than me, nevertheless, outside the general framework of the time, he drew what he wanted to draw. Despite being poor and neglected, lonely and painful days, he left a masterpiece. I hope that my paintings will also remain a work that humans and Gods can feel and share rather than compromise with reality.

- What do you look for when you create an image? What are you trying to convey?
- I hope to move and convey not visible things, practical situations, generalized public thoughts and anything everyone feel physically, but subtle harmony of the grand universe, mystery and beauty of nature, love for humans, world of creation through communion with God on work.

... I am a person, I will disappear from the world someday, but I hope that the remaining paintings will remain forever as the light and love of the world ...

 - What are some of the most memorable pieces of feedback you’ve receive from those who’ve viewed or purchased your art?
- As if big nature and the universe become one, our heart was healed with the embracing beauty and mysterious experience, through the work description we had a precious time to re-examine the meaning of life that we missed in our tired and busy daily life. This is the real work and you are the real artist.

- What is the purpose of doing art?
- I'm not only artist and writer but also missionary, preparing the course of pastor of church. At the end of my life, I will live with the weak, the poor, the marginalized, the suffering and the sick people. If I have artistic talent, it’s not my own, it’s God’s blessing, I think that these loves and blessings become true blessings only when shared with these people. Fortunately, if God gave me artistic talent, I also like and love art so much. If these talents can be benefit and share love, God and my goal become the same. I wait for God's time and believe that it will surely come soon. Because I am a person, I will disappear from the world someday, but I hope that the remaining paintings will remain forever as the light and love of the world.