Jennifer Kim Sohn
415-383-0264

 

Artist Statement

I am a storyteller using fiber and mixed media to tell my stories.

My stories began as personal fables and evolved into social commentaries when I realized that the recycled materials in my work have their own history; having been produced by many other hands on different continents before they came to me.

In my piece “Toxic Habits”, deformed frogs made of cotton remnants are displayed in lab-like archetype using plastic bottles. This piece is a commentary of our consumer habits that fuel the environmental toxic build-up. On the other hand, in “Chronicles of Young Bride” the cultural symbol of Korean womanhood, the Bojaghi, becomes a vehicle to illustrate four specific moments in a woman's marriage and the difficult first years of the new bride’s life in her husband’s household.

In much of my work, graphic elements figure prominently, whether they are compositional elements of facial features or letterforms. I find that these ubiquitous images enrich my intended message because viewers often insert their own stories and memories associated with these images.

By presenting these images in an unexpected perspective, outside the usual context or in a novel material, I invite the viewer to observe them anew as forms clear of preconceptions, to question the symbolisms in these images that we share in our culture, and to toy with and examine the layers of obscured meaning in the viewer’s own memories.

Group Exhibitions

2012
Collective Actions, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
2011
Gymboree, 500 Howard St. San Francisco , Jan - Sept 
Re: Value, PLEXUS Art Group, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
Hats Off to Roni, Oshman JCC Palo Alto, CA
2010
Intersections 5: Colors_Concepts_Contours, San Francisco, CA 
Cross Current, Elsewhere Gallery, Fairfax, CA
Blue Planet Show, SOMArts Center, San Francisco, CA
Zero Cancer, Honor Thy Healer, Mill Valley, CA
Memories and Transition, O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1 in100: America Behind Bars, Palo Alto Jewish Community Center, CA
1 in100: America Behind Bars, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
Open Craft and Sculpture show, Marin Society of Artists Gallery, Ross
2009
ACCI 2009 National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
Green Dimensions art exhibit
, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
fiber DIMENSIONS at Falkirk, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
Student Spring Salon, College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA
re:Birth (juried), College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA
Pins of Marin, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA
2008

College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA, Student Spring Salon
College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA Miniature show
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA For the Love of Fiber

2007
Marin Society of Artists, Kentfield, CA, A Moment in Time
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, National Fine Craft Exhibition
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, Annual Member Show
2006

College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA, Student Show
Marin Society of Artists, Kentfield, CA, National Exhibition
Marin Society of Artists, Kentfield, CA, Annual Member Show

Publications

1985             Paul Rand: A Designer's Art, Yale University Press           
                     Graphic Example, p228 on subtopic “word/pictures”

Affiliations                         

    Fiber Dimension
    Surface Design

Education

1986 -1987   Stanford University, Stanford, CA
                    Master's in Fine Arts
                    Earl Markowitz Scholarship in Fine Arts1986                    

1984            Yale University, Brissago, Switzerland
                    Satellite summer program in Graphic Design
1980-1984            

1980 -1984   Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
                    Bachelor of Fine Arts

Teaching and Design Experience

Designer, Project Manager, Milton Glaser, Inc., New York City, NY 1987-1989

Instructor, Augusta College, August Georgia,2000

Selected Project List

2007       Vestry Wines, New York, City, NY
               Logo design
2006       Hymn Factory, Stamford, CT
               Logo and CD cover design
2001       Strawberry Point Elementary school, Mill Valley, CA
               Logo Design, Newsletter Graphic Editor
2000       Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA
               Invitation Design of the Annual Fundraising Gala
2000       Marin Fertility Medical Group, Greenbrae, CA
               Corporate Identity