Making Murals to Protect the Earth with Jane Kim and Ink Dwell

Making Murals to Protect the Earth with Jane Kim and Ink Dwell


[ Music ] [ Water bubbling ] [ Birds screeching, chirping ] !!musiC@!!!musiC@! Kim: My name is Jane Kim, and I am an artist,
a science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell,
a studio that inspires people to love and protect the earth,
one work of art at a time. [ Mid-tempo music plays ] So, I had a lot of obsessions
when I was a little girl. Flowers —
I had an obsession with lilies at one point —
and horses and fish, but one of, I think,
the most serious ones that I had
was with teddy bears. All of the obsessions
played out in the same way in that I’d want
to re-create the subject in either a painting
or a sculpture or making them
as a stuffed animal. It was really the way that I was able to connect
with that particular species. [ Soft music plays ] So, I started as a fine artist, and I think science illustration
and science in general actually gave me the why. I found the purpose
to attach my work to. Some of my biggest heroes
in the art world are science illustrators, also. Francis Lee Jaques — He did some of the world’s
most phenomenal dioramas. Audubon was an incredible
naturalist and artist. Margaret Mee —
She’s a botanical illustrator. She was an explorer, so I think that what it takes
to be a science illustrator is also
hugely influential for me. The natural world
is pretty perfect the way that it is and functions
beautifully and harmoniously. And when you are working to reach that level
of beauty and perfection, you will find that the more information
that you know about something, the better
you’re able to portray it. And then, when you do make
stylistic deviations, you can do so in a way that amplifies
the existing integrity of its structure
or of its behavior. The more you know about it, the more room
you have as an artist to actually put
your flair on it. [ Soft music plays ] My hope is to connect people
to their immediate environment when they’re looking
at the work. I have a series of murals that’s called
the Migrating Mural in the Eastern Sierra
on Highway 395, and it is a series of six murals that follows
the migration corridor of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. And so each mural correlates with the herd unit
in real time. So, as you’re seeing this,
you’re in their habitat. I love that
science illustration is about accurately
depicting information. I love that fine art has a sort
of visceral component to it, and I really
enjoy installation work because it’s physical. So, all of these things,
I think, are areas that I draw from because I think it helps create
a more powerful, [ Mid-tempo music plays ] Oh, my gosh!
A narwhal tusk! [ Music ]

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