When I first saw Olivia Kim’s work online, I knew I had to interview her. There was just something about her sculptures hat resonated deep within me. I sent her an email out of the blue, telling her how much I admired her work. I then invited her to be a guest on my show…although actually getting together to shoot the episode took a while. She tells me our first email exchange was two years ago, although it feels much more recent.
Our first in-person encounter was at Starry Nights Cafe, where we chatted for several hours. At one point, she demonstrated, through tango moves, the concept of resistance that she incorporates in her sculptures. Starry Nights is a wonderful little cafe on University Avenue in the Neighborhood of the Arts, and it attracts a lot of artists. So no one batted an eyelash to see two grown women doing tango in the cafe at 10 am in the morning.
We were finally able to coordinate a shoot about six weeks ago. I felt it was really important to film her in her studio because it gives viewers a better understanding of who she is and how she works. One of the things I realized when I first met her…and probably realized subconsciously when I first saw her work…was how deeply she thinks about it. She takes a holistic, considered approach to everything she does, whether it’s her paintings, her sculptures, costume pieces she’s created or her multi-media endeavors.
So come along on a behind-the-scenes journey into the mind and work of artist Olivia Kim.
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Many thanks to Olivia Kim, to Memorial Art Gallery for allowing us to shoot video of Olivia’s work at the museum, and to Jim Strauss who assisted on this shoot.
Watch for an online exclusive with Olivia, coming soon!