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Student Showcase Archive

Sara Kim

MA work

MA work

  • One Year View from Balcony

    One Year View from Balcony, 2017
    Print on Aluminium
    30 cm x 22 cm

  • Untitled

    Untitled, 2017
    Photosensitive emulsion, acrylic, oil on canvas
    130 cm x 115 cm

  • One Year London Sky

    One Year London Sky, 2017
    Print on Aluminium
    150 cm x 142 cm


Nothingness produces white snow; 

Quiescence produces yellow sprouts. 

The fire warm in the jade furnace, 

Over the crucible flies violet mist.



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • The hybrid between photography and painting explores the seemingly unrecognisable non-image, image where all traces of form and figure become washed away time, light, and matter. Liquid alchemy loosens and dissolves the grip of the indexical - through paint, water, and photographic chemistry - obliterating the photographic bringing me back to the language of painting. I push, drag, and submerge liquids through the movements of my body onto the surface, burying what was once emerging through the light, creating a new thing that no longer associates itself with the photographic. I often execute in thick impasto using acrylic, oil, and handmade photosensitive emulsions, building layer upon layer, a repetition of slathers of pigments and textures which mimic ocean wave ripples and clouds of colour. No longer a spectator of light, I am becoming light - a witness to a power of resistance of another kind where one continually brings back self to nothingness.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Communication Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • MA & Other Postgraduates, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset 2017; Open House, Somerly Estate, Hampshire 2016; OFFPRINT, Tate Modern, London 2016; RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London 2016; WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London 2016; Panama Ruins, UofN, Kona 2014; ACN Open House, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena 2013; Parsons BFA Show, Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2008
  • Publications

  • The Wilderness, MA Dissertation, Royal College of Art, London 2016; Acheiropoietos, artist book, self-published, London 2016; Panama Ruins, photobook, self-published, Panama City and Los Angeles 2015