Ahrong Kim MFA 13 CR
Based in Philadelphia, PA
My work is based on psychological observations that are representative of voices we all hear inside. I make ceramic sculptures that describe emotions from my life as a diary. By exploring my visual language, the figurative form and its multi-colored surfaces reveal the abstracted version of my interiority. Through my works, I aim to express the topic of emotions outwardly by attempting to describe a various range of psychological states existing in our environment with visual formation of colors and figurative form.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
My greatest source of inspiration stems from my beloved grandmother who was the personal seamstress for the vice-president of area before the outbreak of the Korean War. Growing beside her, I watched as she would transform fabrics of every color and texture into garments, equipped only with her hands and a sewing machine. Inspired by those memories, the use of textures and colors grew to be an essential part of my work.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
I used to make big figurative sculptures only until I realize what my true inspiration was and how I would like to develop my work in the professional ceramics field. All those questions were solved while my time at RISD. I am very grateful for all my struggles, the harsh/intense critiques and studio practices at RISD.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
Yes! I recently started creating sculptural teapots and jars. I found myself enjoying and getting excited when I make sculptural/functional pieces. My photographer is still working on the professional photos of recent works. I will be showing the works at the show and would be happy to share the images when they are ready!
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
To see more of Ahrong's work, visit ahrongkim.com.