Lucy Kim

Artadia Awardee

“Lucy Kim casts parts of the body and expands them—creating relief paintings that are slightly ambiguous and provocative.” – Rachel Adams, Associate Curator, University at Buffalo Art Galleries

Lucy Kim is a Korean-American interdisciplinary artist working across painting, sculpture and microbiology. In her hybrid works, she embraces distortion as a tool 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 the 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 has also received the 2019 Mass Cultural Council Grant, 2017 ICA Boston James and Audrey Foster Prize, 2014 Artadia Award, MacDowell Fellowship, Hermitage Fellowship, and Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship. Recent exhibitions of her work were held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, New York, NY; and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard among others. She is based in Cambridge, MA.