Artist in Focus: Sarah Kim

Interview conducted by: Sammy Westfall

To Sarah K., “Art is communication without a concrete language.” Bamboo Telegraph’s very first Artist in focus is a senior and an HL art student who has created plenty of exceptional pieces. Sarah aims to be creative and insightful through her work and was kind enough to give us an inside look into her world, her creative process and her body of work.

What inspires you to pursue art?
I was interested in art since I was really young. Drawing was the first thing I really chose to do and since then I never really stopped. It’s a part of me because I’ve been doing it for so long, I enjoy doing it and it’s kind of like a stress reliever for me. When I plan the work of art that I’m doing it takes a long time and it’s really hard to think of new concepts and ways to express my feelings or thoughts through the piece. But when I look at the final piece, it feels like I’ve made a great accomplishment and I’m proud of myself.

Which style of art do you identify the most with and what mediums do you prefer to use?
Right now, I’m trying to try out as many different mediums as possible. I’m still in high school and I want to experiment and use as many mediums as possible. So, most of my works are mixed media. I mix different mediums together to make something more unique.

What kind of message do you want to convey through your art?
For my IB HL art class, we each pick a theme. My theme is my perception of the reality around me. I basically shine light on social issues or issues that I think should be noticed by my audience or by other people. I usually draw about the perception of beauty and how it can damage. I usually shine light on societal issues that I think should be addressed.

From your collection, which pieces do you feel are the most iconic or unique to your style? What do you think really sticks out?
I think my most unique piece is the State of Mind, which is the Mentos piece, and I think it represents me the most. I started it completely from scratch. I didn’t get any other picture or design or anything. I got the Mentos, I peeled it and designed it then took a picture of it and started painting it. I put a lot of thought into the creation process of the piece. It also has a really deep meaning and that’s what I’m going for.

State of mind

Which piece has presented the greatest challenge for you to create?
For me the greatest challenge, in terms of technicality, was a piece called Oblivion. It’s the Durian sculpture. It took the longest time because I had to make all the paper buildings, I had to cut all the windows. It wasn’t that hard but if I messed up on one part I had to start again. It was really time-consuming and taxing so I feel like that’s been the greatest challenge. I had to include every little detail.


What are your plans for the future?
I definitely want to be an artist. But I also have many other interests. I want to work while being an artist on the side. Later in life, after I’ve gained a lot of experience in different fields, I might want to become a full time artist. I definitely want to do something with art or related to art, I might want to be an art director.