This is my tribute to the illustrator that never gets credited or remembered. I grew up reading a lot of science books. I dreamt about being a scientist before deciding on trying to become an artist. I remember admiring the amazing artwork in encyclopedias. They transported children to the world of dinosaurs, space, human body... wherever. It's a great way to lure the young mind into something productive.
Unfortunately, now that I'm older, I can never recall who drew those pictures. I'm not sure anyone ever looked up who drew the dinosaurs on an encyclopedia. You never really see them celebrated as high art either.
Growing up Catholic, I remember my grandmother having a collection of statues of saints and the Virgin Mary on a little shrine by her bed. As a young child, I found them beautiful and mysterious. Later on in Catholic school, I found it interesting that there are many versions of the Virgin and different patron saints for all sorts of purposes. This collection is based on that idea.
The works are currently being blogged and shown under the name Kim Soojin.
I always thought that my work is better appreciated in book form so that viewers will have something on hand to study and manipulate. It's better than a gallery setting where people strain to see an image or the computer where it can easily be magnified.
Maybe someday, the book will actually become a reality. Well actually, I had a book published a long time ago. Getting a second one just seems more complicated this time around.
The following is a series of figures I did in an attempt to mimic action figures. I was trying to come up with an alterative way to exhibit works.
This is a series of works which is basically an amalgamation of my works with flowers, my fascination with tentacles, and elements from a friend's images with icons.
Canadian-themed anime-style film posters, distressed to make them look more authentic.
And yes, I do know that my Japanese is garbage and nonsensical.