Lucy Kim: Distortion
Lucy Kim will discuss the critical role that distortion plays in her work.
Lucy Kim is a Korean-American interdisciplinary artist working across painting, sculpture, and microbiology. In her hybrid works, she embraces distortion as the pressure point to deconstruct how we see what we see: the relationship between our evolved vision-centricity, constructed socio-cultural systems, and personal desires.
Kim is a recipient of a 2022 Creative Capital Award for her project printing images with bacteria that has been genetically modified to produce melanin, the bio-pigment behind human skin, hair, and eye color. She began this project while an artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and continues to develop it at Boston University, where she teaches. Through this project, Kim expands her committed study of distortion, which she first began in her sculptural paintings using unconventional processes in the studio.
Kim received her B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2001), and her M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art (2007). Recent exhibitions of her work were held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts; Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, New York, New York; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Lisa Cooley, New York, New York; Fused/Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, California; and Lyles and King, New York, New York, among others. Her work is in the collections of the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Kadist Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the New York Public Library. She is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.