Calvin Somang Kim

Region: Pacific Coast

City / State: Canyon Cntry, CA

 I think of painting as daily sustenance for the artist, simultaneously an utterance the artist molds and shapes to share with others. My work offers intimacy through personal narratives laid out for communal reflection and engagement. For me, memory is a relic you carry, a seed you grow, a meal you share . . . It waxes and wanes. The process of excavating, embedding, and renewing past materials through painting parallels the psycho-emotional and spiritual journey I take when I am remembering something. I key in on a certain moment, and the fragmented image manifests tangibly into a familiar object. It becomes mundane, then strange again, and wondrous.