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Artist Statement

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Komelia Hongja OKIM

김홍자 (金弘子)


As a Korean-American artist and educator over the past 39 years, I have been fortunate to have had  numerous solo as well as group exhibitions, and have given many metal technique workshops and lectures in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia, Norway, UK, and the USA.


My artwork visualizes and depicts the dynamic interactions between different cultures and ethnic orientations, which often create challenging conflicts, tensions, as well as harmonies. I highlight the images of people, landscapes, and cultures to reflect upon contemporary and historical motifs.


The images, forms and aesthetics reveal the characteristics of human gestures and moods in their environment: timelessness, tranquility, longevity, and spirituality. My life and work as an artist embrace and embody the YING YANG Principle of Eastern Dualism.

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