Bonam Kim (she/her) is a sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA and MFA degree from Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2016, she completed her second MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She was featured as an emerging artist from DongBangYoGae, Art in Culture magazine in Seoul. In addition, she has participated in the residency program at Trestle Art Space in Brooklyn, NY and was awarded the Stutzman Family Foundation Graduate Fellowship for her residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. She has completed a three-month residency at NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY and the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. She has exhibited work at NARS Foundation, SOHO 20, The Korean Cultural Center, Super Dutchess Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Art, and more. As the founder of Hannah Candle, she treats each individual product as a piece of art.
What inspired Hannah Candle?
Art schools in Korea highly value craftsmanship, and I’ve always felt pride in my ability to work with my hands. Wax is a material with a long history; I’ve always been attracted to its transient nature, so I wanted to make a sculpture that engaged its temporality and sensuality on a deeper level.
After making my first candles, I gave them to some friends as a gift. They recommended I start selling them, so I decided to start Hannah.
How would you describe Hannah Candle to a friend?
In Korean, Hannah means “one." In Judaism, it means "heavenly grace," and in Arabic it means "happiness." In Japan, Hannah is a flower, while in Maori, it's the act of glowing. I like the idea of a name being able to take a myriad of forms, just like beauty.
Through Hannah, I strive for the highest quality designs and products. This means organic raw materials, hand-poured. I handle every candle myself, as it is important for me to ensure that their quality is above industry standards, treating each individual product as a piece of art. I hope that every time someone unboxes one of my candles, they can appreciate the attention to detail that I’ve poured into them.
What are your individual core values?
Creativity, calmness, equality, compassion, love, family, courage, optimism and strength.
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How do you want to be remembered?
I’ve always been inspired by the human body and nature; they are subjects that evoke a sense of intimacy and harmony. I design my candles with this mind, looking to create objects that bring a sense of harmonious beauty to spaces.
My hope is that every time someone unboxes one of my candles, they can slow down for a brief moment and appreciate the beauty of the piece. I do consider each one as objects d’art. That is what I want them to be remembered as.
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