Kim Le’s hyper-cute universe
Kim le loves to surround herself with cute things – stuffed animals, kawaii, glitter and glitter.
They act as a balm for his upheavals, and that’s what visually inspires his work as an artist, Le says.
Le, 22, was recently named one of three 2021-2022 Brandon Fellows by the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. The scholarship program is designed to help emerging artists develop within the artistic community by providing free studio space and mentoring with other artists.
Born and raised in Greenville, Le attended Wade Hampton High School and the Fine Arts Center before graduating from Winthrop University last spring.
“I have always been a creator and an actor. I like to touch things; I love to feel things and it always brought me back to art, ”she says.
As a multimedia artist, Le says her work revolves around the growth and vulnerability that comes with kindness and femininity.
“My art peels off the wallpaper of the hyper-cute characters girls adopt to show a glimpse of the anger, ugliness and despair that smolder under an adorable facade,” she says.
“I have always been a creator and an actor. I like to touch things; I like to feel things and it always brought me back to art. – Kim Le
Much of Le’s work in recent years has focused on fibers, installations, and performance art.
“An image will pop up in my mind and ask to be created, so I work with it and I’m like, ‘What’s the best thing to do this out of? ” she says. “Whatever the project calls for, I learn and I do it. “
Once she starts creating, there is “usually very little gap between the initial idea and how the final project turns out, and then I released the idea to the world,” Le says.
“My art right now is really a way for me to take care of myself and help myself with some kind of art therapy. “