My name is Jordan Kim.
I’m a paper collage artist
and an ecologist.
I have been inspired and influenced by many amazing creatives in my life, but none more so than the work of Mother Nature. The amazing patterns, systems, creatures, designs of the natural world are unparalleled in my mind.
What I have learned about myself is that I need both – art and nature – preferably together, to feel whole. Found & Rewound was born in 2003, out of that desire to combine these passions and make art that honors connection – to each other and the natural world.
I worked as an ecologist for over 15 years. And in 2018, Found & Rewound had grown enough that I felt it was time to let go of my ecology career and pursue my business full time where I am able to encompass all of my loves in one space.
I make paper collages – but not in a conventional way. People often describe my work as “painting with paper”. As the name Found & Rewound suggests, I like to use found objects (junk mail, magazines, packaging, etc.) and give them a new purpose in my artwork. My favorite subjects are simple moments and observations that inspire me (and hopefully you too!) – children, family, community, scenes from motherhood, gardening, and the natural world. (You can watch a short video of my process below.)
I absolutely LOVE the way collage lends itself to playing with layers of meaning and symbolism. I love tucking hidden messages into my work with the paper I use, the words on it, or even little found objects that I find and incorporate. These little “love notes” are a way I try to encourage slowing down, looking deeper and seeing beyond first impressions.
Like many artists, I create art with the messages that I need to hear most at that moment in time. For me, it’s often a reminder to slow down and notice all the amazing richness in my life right now. My art helps me reconnect to the rhythm of the natural world and stay grounded. I would love nothing more than to know that my art helped you feel more attuned to the abundance in your life too. My wish for you is a life filled with sweet simple moments, surrounded by people you love, and a deep connection to the natural world that supports us all. If my artwork in your space can help make that wish come true – my work here is done.
I’d be honored if you’d join me on this wild adventure!
When people see my work, they often mistake it for a painting. Once I describe the process and they get a closer look, they realize that it is a collage made from re-purposed paper (mostly junk mail and magazines). So I decided to do a little video of the process from start to finish to give you a glimpse into my technique of “painting with paper”. The collage video is about one and a half minutes long, but this piece actually took about 6 hours to complete and is done on a 10″x10″ canvas. (Yes, this technique takes time, but is so much fun!)
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