The rare artist who wants her art to be "more of a tool than an end product," Kim's work crops up in unusual places. In early May Kim completed the exhibit, "Shark!" three graphite drawings of a tiger shark, leopard shark, and zebra bullhead now on display in the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. In June Kim will complete the installation of two giant murals depicting the food chain of a tiger shark in Portland's Bamboo Sushi, the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world. Next up is a mural on the evolution of birds, a 60 x 20-foot wall including more than 300 species, for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She estimates it will be finished sometime in 2015.
Inspired by science and the natural world, Kim's focus changed after a four-month residency at the San Francisco dump. She worked there every day using discarded construction scrap to investigate how the sociological necessity of walls, and how we adorn them, can lead to destructive environmental processes.
"That gave me a purpose beyond art for art's sake," says Kim.