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Myungjin Kim, 2016–2017 Taunt Fellow

Myungjin KimMyungjin (MJ) Kim blends the real and surreal in her drawings and paintings on porcelain forms. She creates narratives that run parallel to and address the complexity of the human experience. Working instinctively and drawing inspiration from European still-life paintings, she frequently uses human and animal figures as well as the birdcage, bird nest, terrarium and perfume jar in her forms and imagery. The narratives she builds come from ideas between the real and imaginary worlds which are purposefully intertwined. Returning to the Bray after a summer residency in 2011, MJ is hoping to grow and to better understand her artistic impulses while at the Bray. 

Myungjin was born in South Korea. She received her MFA in ceramic art at Seoul National University in 2002 after which she moved to the United States. MJ has taught ceramics at Santa Ana College, University of Georgia and at California State University, Long Beach. Her work is featured in private and public collections in the United States and Asia.

To see more work by Myungjin visit her website at

Myungjin Kim
still life vessels with birds, 2008
porcelain, underglaze, wood
14" x 32" x 12"

Myungjin Kim
Birdcage Jar, 2010
porcelain, underglaze
15" x 11" x 11"

Myungjin Kim
Dreamlandia, Squirrelcage Secret, 2013
porcelain, underglaze, glaze
16" x 28" x 34"

Myungjin Kim
Birdcage Jar "The Paradise", 2016
pPorcelain, underglaze
15.5" x 12" x 12"