Strike While The Iron Is Hot
Acrylic, Oil stamp
60 x 30 inches
A fond memory of my childhood in GoHeung(고흥) South Korea was catching and feeding frogs in ponds. Chickens wandered around as freely as us children. If you look at my paintings, it seems that you are peering into a folktale.
Frogs, chickens, and other creatures from these old stories told in our childhood by our grandmothers are summoned to the canvas by my hands. They play the part of prey and predator, but they can also form a symbiotic relationship. In my works, I take the mystifying nature of human relationships, and project them onto these animals.
These animals represent the many who live in a competitive society, and they also satirize our short sightedness of the future.
I have been influenced by both the ancient Korean arts and contemporary western sensibilities. I strive to bring together these two separate philosophies.
About the Artist
Ottawa based artist, Clara Kim, was born in South Korea. She has been influenced by both the ancient Korean arts and contemporary western sensibilities. She was inspired by both different cultures and strives to bring together these two separate philosophies.
She chooses to paint with a knife rather than a brush, drawing heavily from the oriental style, but aiming to express a western feel.
She uses limited colors to a minimum or not use them at all, but she likes to be strong and confident in the touch she expresses.
– “This is who I am as Korean Canadian. I am standing between them. That’s why I choose a knife not a brush.”
Her work was selected as a collection of the City of Ottawa in 2019 by the Direct Purchase Program.