MAKE / BELIEVE
Inspiration for my sculptures often comes from drawing. Designs and colors are not planned out beforehand, but emerge in the moment. In improvisation, the moment is the most important part of the process. To express that moment, I must stay in touch with the clay while making my work.
In all of my pieces, diverse characters appear together and communicate with each other, speaking to viewers through their facial expressions. The faces could be portraits of myself. My pieces address the psychological conditions of daily life. This is an attempt to look for my identity as an artist. In some of my pieces, I focus on what I call “Listening.” Basically, Listening is a metaphor for keeping attuned to my own emotions. Listening is my way of making a visual reality from my abstracted inner emotions.
— Yeonsoo Kim
Yeonsoo Kim was born in Haenam, South Korea. He is currently a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Kim earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at the University of Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Glass from the Hongik University located in Seoul. Kim has held apprenticeships with Onggi masters in Jeolla-do (Hayngjong-Oh) and Gyeongsang-do (Jinkyu Huh) in Korea.
Kim has won multiple awards for his work, including the 2020 Emerging Artist Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). He has participated in several artist residency programs, including Baltimore Clayworks, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Montana State University, and the Archie Bray Foundation. Kim has exhibited nationally and internationally and recently had a solo exhibition of his work at Signature Contemporary Craft in Atlanta, GA.