Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Jane Kim uses technology as a medium for creation, a part of her that she jokes about as “only natural”—she is from the Silicon Valley, after all.
The Los Angeles-based creative started her journey like many other visual artists preceding her have: with traditional art. She began by exploring the physical mediums of artwork; this head start enabled her to add depth to the digital. Even though most of her work takes digital form now, she likes to stay grounded.
For this reason, she still starts every project with pen and paper. Mouse clicks can wait.
Before pen and paper become part of the equation, however, Kim has to think. A lot. Most of her thoughts are generated as questions about her surroundings, whether they be physical or figurative.
“I find a lot of inspiration from my own life and relationships. When I’m feeling intense emotions, I turn to art as a way to express myself and let out those feelings in a healthy manner, whether it’s happiness, sadness, or anger,” she said.
Kim’s art is multidimensional: colorful, experimental, and personal.
When Kim first arrived in Los Angeles, she was studying Design and Media Arts at UCLA. Since then, she’s gotten her bachelor’s degree as well as a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education. This has led her to teach creative classes at various companies, including SpaceX.
If triumph is the feeling she gets when she works hard on something for an extended period of time and is graced with the opportunity to see it come to life, it’d be easy to say that the person who produces this euphoria is Kim’s biggest triumph—herself.
“It’s this feeling I get when I work so hard on something for so long and finally seeing the damn thing come to life and sharing it with others who appreciate it,” said Kim. “It might not be much, but it is nice that I am able to make a living doing something creative,” said Kim.
Even though she’s still waiting to see what happens next, Kim knows to be confident in herself and her abilities. In her mind, that’s enough for now.
Read the full feature in Issue One: TRIUMPH.