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Betty Kim

Betty Kim is an Illustrator & Animator who explores the narratives and stories of people; dealing with themes such as identity and human psychology through animations and illustrations. She likes to portray a sense of rawness and honesty in her work by conveying emotions through the use of colour and capturing a sense of movement through mark-making and rough pencil-like brush strokes.


Relationships: Lovers in the making, 2022

300 x 300 x 10 mm

White honeycomb cardboard

Relationships: Mother and son, 2022

300 x 300 x 18 mm

Premium birch plywood

Relationships: Past lovers, 2022

300 x 300 x 3 mm

Brushed aluminium

Relationships: Teacher and student, 2022

290 x 290 x 3 mm

Inkjet printing on card and paper


Using the faces of characters in films and dramas, this series aims to portray the emotional complexities of relationships that one encounters in day to day life: mother and son, lovers in the making, lovers drifting apart and teacher and student. With each piece acting as a window to the stories of the chosen characters, each in their own complex cultural or historical narrative contexts, the pieces are in essence, a collective expression capturing moments of hope and emotional connection between two people. As the paintings are projected on different surfaces and textures, we can experience an added layer of expression to these moments.

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