Q&A with Artist Jace Kim

This month is Creativity & Curiosity month at Mala Collective; which is why we decided to chat to Vancouver-based painter Jace Kim who told us all about his life as an Artist and why it's important that we try and add a little bit of creativity to our life too. 


Hi Jace - First off, what inspired you to start painting and live a creative life? 

I get inspired by everything around me and inside of me. The sub-conscious is the most inspiring subject for me to paint. I try to explore with my raw emotions when they are most expressive. The basic human emotions that are coming from my sub-conscious are what I would love to paint creatively.

How has living creatively influenced other aspects of your lifestyle?

Living as a visual artist is challenging in terms of being 'different'. I try to approach many matters in life differently and observe it from different perspective. I have a strong intention to see things positive. This positive energy is brought from living creatively.

Why do you think it’s important for people to add some aspect of creativity to their lives?

I think creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. People are too fed up with living in a box. You want everything to be right and never learn to give yourself a room to live freely. I think it provides you a sense of freedom and it will extend your thoughts.

What does the word ‘creativity’ mean to you and does being creative simply mean being good at drawing/painting/designing?

I think the word creativity is not really something to do with being good at drawing/painting/designing. Those three work as a tool to express and render your ideas but they can also be very didactic once educated in a linear way. To me, creativity is something stimulates you to go beyond of the constrain and liberates oneself from the stereotypical perception.

What or where do you find inspiration from?

As mentioned, I like to experiment with human emotions and the subconscious. We all struggle subconsciously with a sense of repression. In order to live a life realistically, we repress ourselves to be aware of certain things. I think my painting works as a catalysis or meditating factor to overcome that repression. The struggle is mandatory if inspired.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

The best thing about being an artist is being able to do what you love to do. You have to continuously research for the goal which is sometimes intangible and ambiguous. You are in this infinite cycle of learning and acknowledging but everything you do in it is lovable and enjoyable. Life for me is to live happily not materialistically fulfilled.

How do you think being creative affects your mood and or outlook on life, if at all?

I am usually very emotional. I am not sensitive about interacting with people but very self-conscious about how I am perceived by others. I take things positively at the same time it strikes me drastically when something dark and sad encounters.

What advice would you give others who would like to live a more creative life? What are the steps they can take to do so?

My moto of life is 'live better tomorrow than yesterday'. I have learned animation in my university and changed my career on my way because of my creative freedom. I try to live a life as happy as possible and be happier tomorrow. In order to maintain that happiness, I have to sacrifice and give up various things that people are obsessed to obtain. I spent a lot of time trying to find what I can truly enjoy doing. The best way to live a more creative life is acknowledging what you love to do the most regardless to circumstances. Be free and spontaneous. Never let your passion slip away.


May 12, 2016 by Ashley Wray

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