#122: Kim Kei with Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "Beauty Within The Details"

Kim Kei (b.1981, Corpus Christi, TX) is a Los Angeles based artist who uses sculpture, printmaking, painting, and photography to evoke sensations of vulnerability, invasiveness and tenderness towards the body. Kei attended the University of Arizona and went on to receive her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has had solo shows at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA) Brandstater Gallery (Riverside, CA), and Alter Space (San Francisco, CA). Kei has attended residencies at Instinc, Singapore, Mass MoCa, and the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Roswell Residency in Roswell, NM

  • How she deals with rejection

  • The importance of residencies to artists. Residencies mentioned: Instinc Residency and STPI (Singapore Tyler Print Institute) in Singapore, and MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

  • Injury, illness, age and trauma's effects on dendritic forms

  • Kei's intimate personal experiences that have defined her work, including studying cadavers, ballet, and childhood moments

  • A look into Kei's mixed media process of creating her art

  • How movement and sound are ways she communicates non-verbally

  • Robert Sapolsky's behavioral specialist lectures

  • Working on multiple projects at once to create a collective piece of art through different mediums

  • German musician, Hauschka, and the prepared piano

  • Influence of musician father on Kei's work and describing visual art through sound

  • Kei's next solo show in March of 2020 at Local Language in Oakland, CA and the residency they offer to visiting artists