Dong Kyu Kim is an artist and fashion designer whose mixed media works are constructed of paper receipts and tickets collected over the past 10 years and sewn by hand. His work is inspired by 'Jogakbo', the traditional Korean craft of patching together scraps of fabric. - Dong Kyu Kim, 2020
His work asks questions about the impact of American capitalism on one’s values, and what motivates a person to want more and more. It is an examination of the roots of our desires, and how we determine value.
Kim has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in Korea. Born and raised in South Korea, Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design and has worked for nearly 20 years as a fashion designer in Korea, China, Mexico, and the United States.
"My artistic practice unifies my life and art through the repetitive and meditative act of stitching the small papers together. The receipts I collect record the passing of time and supply both memories and facts of my life. They are also examples of American capitalism, wealth, aspirations, and cultural values. Though they are isolated and insignificant fragments of the past that seem impersonal at first, each transaction represented by a receipt is a defining moment along the journey that formed the essence of who I am today. The process of giving weight to the empty, meaning to the meaningless, is the validation of one's existence."
- Dong Kyu Kim, 2020