Originally from South Korea, Namdoo Kim is currently completing his Ph.D. research at The Australian National University. Kim received a BFA in glass and ceramic at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, before earning his MFA in glass at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY in 2013. He has been selected at many artist in residency programs and featured in exhibitions around the world.
Kim’s practice focuses on issues of consumerism and the sociological impact of object desire. He is particularly interested in how contemporary consumer values create social expectations and subsequent pressures, especially for young children in his home country of South Korea. He challenges, through humor and satire, the pervasive and too easily accepted concepts of success and wealth. His art reinterprets the original meaning and purpose of obvious pop objects in our consumer society, visualizing them in terms of their underlying societal messaging, implications, and philosophies. The symbolism and references move beyond icons of pop culture, to examine and incorporate existing philosophies, interpreting them sculpturally in our contemporary context.