Doi Kim

New York, NY



My prints, videos, paintings, and installations feature mythical creatures: non-human proxies that simulate the human experience. Inspired by nature, with a specific interest in anatomical images of humans, animals, and plants, I reinterpret the characteristics and images to create virtual beings. Literature is also a significant part of my inspiration as it evokes diverse sensations through narrative. My research on the attributes of creatures made me study the theory of evolution, which attracted me to explore the environmental factors and experiences that led to changes in certain species. It naturally guided me to reflect on the world surrounding me and the situations that draw drastic change. Furthermore, my experience as an outsider, as an Asian woman living in the States, made me keen to be aware of my surroundings to acclimate and survive.

Through such a trajectory of thoughts, my works leave socio-political commentary on various elements of the post-colonial, contemporary landscape through the world of anthropomorphic creatures. It invites viewers to speculative time-space, a virtual world of imaginary beings that simulates human experience. It allows us to examine the questions we face from a distance and recontextualize them from individuals’ perspectives. Ultimately, my art practice aims to emancipate ourselves from the dominant narrative to highlight imaginative possibilities that reside within each individual.

2 1/2 III (2), 2018 – 2021, photo etching, paper size: 15.5″ x 18″, image size: 12″ x 12″, edition of 25 + 1 AP
Pearls: Primary Structure_Globe 2, 2021, colored pencil on CMYK silkscreen print, 30″ x 36″, edition of 1
Silhouette 02: diffraction_Encyclopedia (1751-1772), Denis Diderot (detail), 2021, embossment, etching, and silkscreen on printmaking paper, paper size: 31″ x 47″, edition of 10 + 2 AP