Photographs and oil paintings of natural sculptures by Kim Kei

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Kim Kei is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. When I first stumbled upon Kim’s work I was immediately drawn to her strong compositions and muted color palettes. However, upon closer inspection I had no idea what I was looking at. When looking at her work you’ll recognize shapes, forms, three-dimensional elements from nature and sometimes even human figures. Yet even though you think you know what you’re looking at, it’s never really clear. I love the mystery in this, and am intrigued by Kim’s process. Kim is fascinated by collecting small items, and combines these into natural, organic sculptures she then photographs or paints. Kim on the objects:

“I’m often attracted to small, fragile, imperfect things that have been sea tumbled or tattered in ways. They make me ache a bit when I see them. I buy from a few people on Etsy who share my intrigue in a broken barnacle cluster or an animal chewed walnut. I also get personal artifacts from estate sales – usually the stuff that wouldn’t make it to the thrift shop like an unfinished, hand-sewn Christmas ornament. I’m also a fan of party supplies and dollar stores.”

If you want to learn more about Kim’s technique and process I recommend reading this feature on Future Tongue, the video of that interview is included at the bottom of this page. You can find more of Kim’s work on her website, Facebook page or Instagram. Enjoy!

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