Artist of the Day / Arrik Kim

Here is an artist that does several things very well.

“With the support of my wife and family, I’ve settled into midlife as an artist and craftsman, and my wood lot and work shop in the Thompson woods has become the center of my life. There, I’ve built up a small woodworking operation, harvesting and sawing native woods which I use to make wooden objects from utilitarian to artistic and all the while pursuing my dream of being an artist through painting, drawing, carving and photography.

I cut and use the woods I have, and in these forests that means pine and the oaks. Maple, birch, hickory, ash, beech and hemlock grow here and I’ve sawn and sampled all of them.

As a woodworker I’ve become very good at fashioning box joints of old and this is the cornerstone of my joinery.

As an artist I enjoy figurative work, figures and faces are recurring themes.
One of a kind items are my forte, I will gladly consider any opportunity.”

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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