Woonsok Kim was born in Busan, Korea in 1953 and came to the U.S. in 1972. She is renowned for her authentic, exuberant narratives in paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, multimedia and installations, which have been shown around the world by museums and galleries since 1985. Kim works and resides in New York and Bloomington with her husband, Thomas Clement. Her copious, engaging, contemporary works result from her experiences in Korea and the United States.
Art is about communication. Many times, the communication I feel from pieces is very destructive. We all know how hard life is and how the things we see don’t make sense. But that’s Life 101. What you say about it, where you go with it, is where the interest lies. Something beautiful, worthwhile to share, images you didn’t think about before or giving people a different perception – that is what I’m interested in. So I paint sadness and happiness, the kind of place that is unspoken yet spoken, unexplainable but expressible.