heARTbreaker: Lisa Kim, Artist of the Month
An aspiring visual artist, senior Lisa Kim has recently been accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is involved in Northwood’s arts classes and has built an impressive portfolio of 2D and 3D artworks throughout her high school career.
Victoria Quin: How did you get into art?
Lisa Kim: I was inspired by my sister, who also did art. I was always easily influenced by my peers, but with art, it’s your own idea, your own medium and your own creativity. So it’s a tool that I use to identify myself. It’s my own space and my own work. I can fully understand and express myself.
VQ: What media do you use?
LK: I enjoy doing collages. I use acrylic and scraps of magazine papers, or even pieces of scarves and fabric. But if it’s painting, I prefer watercolor and acrylic.
VQ: How would you describe your art style?
LK: When I show my work to people, they always say, “That’s so you, that’s so Lisa.” I feel like it really captures my own personality, since I’m so bubbly and out-there. I have a piece called “Nostril Jungle,” which features three men that women stereotypically would not want to date. The point is to say that no matter what people look like, they’re still people. So I put their flaws in a beautiful jungle.
VQ: What are some other notable pieces you’ve done?
LK: I’ve done some installation works. One of them has a mannequin surrounded by beams of wood and wavy cloth. The structure is covered in reflective material like broken CDs and cellophane wrap. I wanted to show how light connects with life, and focus on the meaning of material, by comparing man-made objects and natural resources. One of my favorite paintings is “Inside the Pink,” which depicts an imaginary scene inside my brain. There’s a mini-me monitoring myself and looking devastated because I’m eating a chocolate chip cookie. She’s praying for me to have a successful diet, but I’m never able to. It’s a funny twist on a personal struggle.
VQ: What are your future art goals?
LK: When I go to college, I want to try all kinds of art first, and then go for either a children’s book illustrator or an animator.