Kim Youdan

Kim Youdan

Stepping out of my comfort zone and into the unknown ignites the creative spark that I continually seek. My eyes are wide ready to capture colour and culture. Walking old streets, hiking new trails and exploring many places provides the best source of inspiration for my art practice.

My need to travel is almost as strong as my need to create, the two come hand-in-hand as integral parts of who I am.

The marriage of monochrome photography impacted with abstract colour is the basis of the mixed media technique I am continually developing. My camera has historically been the tool I use for quenching my creative thirst. Capturing moments through image-making is complimented with colour combinations inspired by culture relevant to the photographic subject. Abstract brush strokes bring an added element of excitement and rule breaking to my work. The colour expands on, and brings attention to, certain parts of the image, this could be movement in the captured moment or highlighting particular details of the image.

Creating the coloured layer in my mixed media process is hugely important for creating the emotional connection and communicating my experience. The cultural research around colour certainly provides a depth to my work and the aesthetic elements are equally as important to create a balance.

The passion I have for visiting new places and the impact it has on my creativity has resulted in my leading a nomadic lifestyle. The unsettled nature of nomadic living has ensured I have a constant flow of ideas and this keeps my art expanding into different and sometimes unexpected areas of focus.

The varied photography used throughout my portfolio is a reflection on my interest in capturing many walks of life. From architecture, landscape and people, I use a documentary style of photography whilst capturing moments and places. The variety is also a direct response to the lifestyle I lead, the change in scenery inevitably has a big impact on this element of my work. The different subject matter on the printed image shows how unique each place is, what my focus was when visiting each country and what made an impression during that time.

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