Sam Kirk

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Artist Statement:
My work is created from a desire to experience a world that embraces multiculturalism. I seek to create artwork that resonates within a diverse audience and facilitates social interaction. I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, in a working-class family. We moved often. I enjoyed exploring new communities and cultures. Learning to define myself has been the most illuminating undertaking of my life. Being multi-racial/queer elevated my fascination with culture and identity. My goal is to use art to explore and celebrate culture while creating dialogue around social issues. I prefer a visual approach to addressing challenging topics specifically 2D/3D artworks; primarily via a combination of techniques and mediums including oil, acrylic, silk-screen, and fabrication. Engaging with various cultures in different ethnic and socio-economic communities is my preferred method of research, as these experiences are the sources for stories shared in my work.
Relationship to Chicago:
I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Many generations of my family have been born and live here. I've remained a resident of Chicago mostly because of family and the city provides balance, a good combination of culture, cost of living, space, and great food. I can maintain a growing art practice while having access to cultural institutions and different types of people. The crime, politics, and segregation is suffocating at times. When I have reached my limit, I travel to a different city or country to explore new cultures and inspiration. I love working class neighborhoods, they are filled with interesting people, stories, and old architecture. Chicago challenges me. There is enough art here to keep me stimulated, but also lots of room to grow beyond the city.
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Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL
Art Form:
Collage, Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, New/Digital Media, Painting, Sculpture, Social Practice, Urban Art, Carpentry, Fabrication. Carpentry, Fabrication.