May 15, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Artist Interview:

Name: Deulnai Kim

Age: 47

Birthday: 27/12/1969

College: M.F.A in Painting, Hongik Univercity, Seoul, KOREA

How would you define yourself as an artist? A person who makes myself and you feel ordinary and common things unfamiliar.

Why art? How did you get involved with art? I prefer answer for the question “ Why painting or Why drawing?” instead of answering for the question “ Why art?” “Why Painting?” I remember that I was 6~7 years old when I started to immerse myself in the painting. I found that the only thing I did better than my sister was painting. I can say that I have found a tool that makes me feel presence 🙂 Painting has probably played a major role as a tool to heal my wounds in my twenties and at the same time It has became a tool that allows me to interact with people from other fields.

What art do you most identify with? POP ART

What does “being creative” mean to you? A solution that I can feel sympathy with and I feel fresh and novel

What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative? I got the best advice from my family and close friends who have directly pinpointed my self-conceit and my self-pity. They advise me and make me keep questioning my thoughts and help me trust & love myself.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

What I want to express through my work:

I would like to express things or feelings I feel from my daily life. I express my thoughts that I have been deeply thinking of and been curious about. There are elements I like to work with for my paintings such as ice cream and candies.I express various emotions with these desserts. Joy, happiness, sadness, nausea, anxiety…

These desserts are gorgeous and beautifully decorated. People get sweet happiness from the desserts. On the other hands, the desserts can be easily melted, are fragile and

it will be unhealthy if you take slightly overdose. I am fascinated with this double-sidedness. The double-sidedness of desserts in my painting are similar to the double-sidedness people who are more fragile then they were before. As I am living my ordinary life, I use these elements (the dessert) as a tool to express various stories I feel and experience.

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? I want my work to be visually beautiful to the viewers. I think that the viewer can sympathize with what I think about and the contents of the work. They might feel differently. Even if they feel differently, I would be satisfied with them as long as they can emotionally awake in any way.

What themes do you pursue? The feelings that contemporaries can commonly sympathize with (happiness, sadness, anxiety stress, love…)

What inspires you to work? All positive and negative emotions from relationships

Color: All colors of the world

Book: Any book that reminds me of personal experiences and allows me to empathize with


Food: Cheese, Fruit, Chocolate…

Quote: “ Carpe diem” -Dead poets society

Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start? I search for in places where I can find what I have been looking for and then I collect images of what I have been looking for.

I start sorting around, organizing my collected data when I think I have enough data. I try not to meet friends and try to stay in simple and plain. I throw out things I feel less important and I keep things I can concentrate on. I can say that I try to keep my condition as simple as possible before I start my project.

What Role does the artist have in society? They stimulates people who are having dry emotions. They can help people’s life richer by awakening things or feelings that people have been forgotten. The artist can refresh people’s dulled emotions.

Do you suffer for your art? I know that sometimes creating art works is painful but I totally aware of that creating art works please me the most.

What do you think about the art community and market? I feel that new trends for the art community and market are emerging due to the influence of the internet. However, I do not have enough knowledge about what are going on in the art community & markets.

Should art be funded? Why? Yes. Because I know there are many valuable works that might not to be sold easily in art markets. Getting funds will be critical matters for the artists who make the works that might not be popular in art markets.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how? Rene Magritte because he was an artist who created works in a simple way and He gave the viewers many ways to comprehend.

What other interests do you have outside of art? Psychology

You seem to be very aware of the history of works.Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today? Internet

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? I will be really bored and sad, I will try to have fun but it will not be more fun if I can’t create art.

some short questions now…

Colours: All colors

Describe your style: “Define yourself”… A person who trys to feel now, today and everyday

Define your art: Diary, not difficult story, sympathy

Art Fairs: Miami Art Fair

Museums: Museums including Rijksmuseum in Nederlands

Cities: Amsterdam

Travels: Nederlands, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium, USA

Artists: Rene Magritte, Jan Vermeer, Gustav Klimt,etc

Music: It’s hard to keep one

Cars: Land Rover

Mobile App: Instagram

Who are the artist’s you admire the most? All the artists who found a language, a way of their own.

What are your next projects? Small painting, Water color, Drawing …

Define Klassik Magazine for the audience? Shining and impressive.