Maria Kim

04MKIMgoneThere is no other language that can release the amount of thoughts and emotions bottled up. Once you start forming words, sentences, and phrases through the work, it’s hard to stop.

Being a Korean-Canadian, an immigrant child, a child of a single parent, moving to various cities and having to cope with new people and environments constantly, has made me stronger and more embracing of differences, but has also alienated me from being connected emotionally.  Through experiences and research I realized that I was apart of, what I call, the “in-between generation”. A generation that is unable to find roots in any culture; find an identity that is self-satisfying; find anyone who totally understands their emotions and their thought processes.  A generation that is lost and confused, and yet the one that can be found to be apart of any culture, community or network.

Themes of disconnect, isolation, new encounters, and separation, have always made their presence in my work. Therefore, experiences, encounters, and the community of artists I interact with daily are my deepest influencers.   Other than the now, for many years I have also been influenced by the Austrian painter Egon Schiele, for his raw lines and use of negative space; the German Expressionists who distort the use of colour, space, and scale; sculptors as Magdalena Abakanowicz with hollow figures and surface texture, and more recently Claudia Alvarez with her rooms of ceramic children and their piles of shoes. With my recent move to Edmonton, AB, I wish to further understand the rawness and depictions of both Julian Forrest and Kim Dorland.

01MKIMthebirthdaygirlWhat’s integral to the work of an artist?

Lack. For once you are satisfied you stop creating.

Struggle. For it is hard to constantly expand your mind and change your perspectives.

Inspiration. Any motivation that will start a thought or emotion, a need to do something.

Honesty. About what it is that you are saying.

Time. Investing in the work and earning the time to continue your practice.

And constant feedback and validation of the process or the work itself, as there is nothing more fearful than silence.

What role does the artist have in society?

This is a big question for me, as I have to define the difference between an artist and a non-artist in our generation before I can even ponder the impact on the society at large.

So far this is what I think..

An artist creates space for dialogue. It’s the language before and after words, and anyone who interacts with the artist or their work can participate in the conversation. The conversation can be directed, chaotic, short, and many sorts. By constantly initiating the conversation, an artist is vulnerable to the responses and to the extent of their own thoughts. Hence, it is necessary for artists to evolve, expand their knowledge, refine their skills- as one will not be able to say what they want without the ability to express exactly what they want- and always take responsibility of what is said.

What art do you most identify with?

That which is raw, honest, and causes me to stop and think.

I identify with works that have an imprint of the artist’s hands- paintings, drawings, ceramics, metals, and textiles, are examples of some methods I appreciate more than others.

Maria Kim will be at her first Queen West Art Crawl on September 12-13 at Trinity Bellwoods Park. You can find her at the front of the park, at booth J04. You can also follow her on Instagram at @singmariamaria.

Afrodelik Designs

The AFRODELIK Brand is a disciple of the FUNK, spreading the word through our designs. They create original Hand Drawn Art for clothing, dedicated to making you look and feel FUNKY.

When Afrodelik was born my first inspiration was black culture, zoning in on the 1970’s blaxploitation era. I love and am attracted to the afro culture, the music and the coolness of it all….it speaks to me.

My first collection called AFROCITY honours that period. I created original afro characters, gave them a personality, a name and a city to live in. My supporters love this collection. The art of Music is also a huge inspiration. I enjoy all types of music and to honour those that I admire, I’ve created the IKONS collection, which is presently a tribute to MUSIC.

Where this all starts for me, is Africa, in which my ancestors are my heart and soul. AFRIKA my 3rd collection, is a celebration of history

Desiree Marshall, founder of Afrodelik Designs

Desiree Marshall, founder of Afrodelik Designs

For me one of the most integral parts of an artist is to be true to oneself and allow our art to express freely through us, flowing in whichever way or ways feels natural. To rediscover oneself as an artist, I believe is enlightening.

Creativity is a necessary release that needs to be shared with the world. Artist, I believe have the opportunity to open society up to new ways of seeing life, new perspectives and starting discussions on issues that we all question. For me, positive images of black culture, of myself, were missing. My question was, how can I change that perspective. I realized through my art, that I had the power to create and share designs that honour a rich culture that I admire and love.


I love art with striking images, boldness and strong images.  Colour attracts me as well as simple lines and shapes.  I enjoy art that represents funkiness, roots, culture and spirituality. I am constantly seeing art that amazes me. I’ve recently discovered the beauty of the art in kids books. The creativity is some cases is so detailed, which I like and the imagination of these images are grand. I find them inspiring. I am a fan of BASQUIAT, and have been a fan of NYC’s own JUSTIN BUA, for a very long time.

The AFRODELIK Brand was founded by Desiree Marshall, artist, fashion enthusiast of unique clothing, lover of music, proud 70’s child, funky soul sista that loves sexiness, and now, MOM. You can follow their brand on Facebook and Twitter. You can also visit Afrodelik Designs at the Queen West Art Crawl on September 12-13 at booth J08, at the very front of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Scott Wilk – Wilk Watchworks

I should have known way back in high school that making watches is where I wanted to be when I started painting cogs in art class. I thought they were interesting, but somehow I never painted watch or clock mechanisms which maybe would have piqued my interest in watches sooner. Off to university I went.

I discovered jewellery making throughout my education and made it a focus of my studies as I acquired my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After university, it all got dropped. I had to make ends meet while my wife was finishing school(and had to pay off my student loan), so I worked at a call centre(not fun) for 3 years. I dabbled a bit with jewellery, but it didn’t stick with me until we moved back to Ontario.

I knew that I didn’t want to work in a call centre anymore once we moved back, so I started looking for a job in a field where my only other experience was…jewellery. So I ended up working at a small jewellery repair shop that also did watch repair.

Scott at Queen West Art Crawl in 2013

Scott at the Queen West Art Crawl in 2013

I didn’t think much of the job at first(it was a boring sales job), so I started bugging the watchmaker to teach me. It was like pulling teeth because the watchmaker thought I was just there to man the desk and talk to customers(which was what I was supposed to be doing). Slowly, he opened up(with a lot of pestering) and started showing me how to repair watches. By the end of my employment there, I was the store manager and also doing most of the watch repair.

Throughout my employment there I also started making my own jewellery on the side, acquiring tools and setting up my own little studio at home…well really just a bench in the middle of our living room. I started doing shows around town selling my wares when I was able.


At this point I was really getting interested in watches and started doing some scouting for suppliers of parts and making some prototypes. This process went on for 2 or 3 years until I finally decided that making watches was what I really wanted to do.

And so, I’ve been at it for a couple years now and have loved every minute, whether it be frustrating(quite often), or if I’m having an epiphany(not often enough). I’m building on my watchmaking skills through extra self study(through the British Horological Institute) and hopefully I’ll be able to continue designing and making watches for a very long time.

Scott Wilk is an established Queen West Art Crawl artist and a crowd favorite. He has been profiled by several media sources, including a TV feature on Global TV. You can visit him at QWAC on September 12-13 at booth I20 (“eye20”). You can also follow his work and portfolio on Instagram at @wilkwatchworks or at his website