April 29, 2019
Issue 04 2019

Artist Feature: Rita Kim

Give me an elevator pitch of your style

My style is not so different from that of Japanese anime/manga, but I mix aesthetic techniques and influences from various sources, such as Art nouveau, Japanese Woodblock prints and Rococo art. I use strong, inked line art to create a bold, tattoo art-like aesthetic but colour everything with watercolour to give my works a soft, bright look.

What inspired these works of art?

I had been inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” since I was 5 years old. Ever since I decided to be an artist I was also inspired by the anime/manga I saw, like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. As for the subject matter, I admit, I love talking about sex! I want to celebrate sexuality as something we shouldn’t be ashamed of and just enjoy through my art.

What did you study?

I originally started doing Graphic Design in the University of Waikato in 2012, only to drop out a semester later. I jumped back and forth, wondering what to do, did a fashion diploma until finally, enrolling in Massey in 2015. I am currently in my 4th year doing the BFA and thinking about doing Masters.

Advice for any budding artists out there?

Keep practicing! That drawing you thought was crap? Keep going, you are only going to get better if you practice and refine your work and methods. Work, work and work! And if you are out of ideas? Bounce off your fellow artists or friends, watch movies or tv series, or just doodle whatever comes to mind!