Artist’s work to inspire the imagination at Degree Show

An art student who hopes to one day support other young aspiring artists will unveil a collection of her work in Aberdeen this week, which has been inspired by the imagination of children.

Jinnie KimJinnie Kim (23), who is studying Communication Design at RGU's Gray’s School of Art, will be displaying the culmination of four years’ work at the annual Degree Show, which runs until Saturday 24 June.

Jinnie, who was born in South Korea before moving to Edinburgh at the age of 9, always wanted a university education and began brightly after a time studying Art and Design Foundation at college.

She said: “Originally, I did not know there were so many more aspects to the art industry than just ‘fine art’, but during my time at college I was able to rotate around all of the different areas and was most attracted by graphics, illustration and photography.

“Luckily, Gray’s offered the Communication Design course, which covers all of the design aspects that appealed most to me.  Choosing this course has been the best decision I have ever made and it has opened so many doors for me, but also given me valuable life experiences.”

When it came to her final year and the run up to the Degree Show, Jinnie combined her various interests into a project she hopes will really engage the public.

“I am most interested in visual collaboration between mixed media and being able to illustrate objects from different perspectives. I am constantly searching for ways of thinking out of the box and a large part of my recent inspiration stems from the concept of imagination.

“This led me to be interested in illustrations from children’s books and the way the use minimal shapes and negative space to bring out simple forms and communicate with children’s imagination. On the other hand, I have also been indulging in building architecture and working on these two opposite sides of design has formed much of my work over this year.”

With graduation on the near horizon, Jinnie has turned her eyes to the future and hopes she can put her talents to use for future generations.

“I have already applied for a postgraduate degree in teaching art and design, so I’m looking forward to staying in further education. I have always wanted to be an influencer and supporter in life and I’d love to be able to support other people looking to engage their creativity and study art and design.”

The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the fifteenth year, runs from 16-24 June and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.


Release by Rob Smith
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