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Meet Kim Navarro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Navarro.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a San Diego native and grew up way down south in Otay Mesa. I always loved art growing up, but I never took any formal classes until college. Drawing has always been my favorite medium, so I felt like printmaking would be a natural fit for me. While at San Diego State, I learned how to create woodcuts, etchings, drypoints, screen-prints, and lithographs.

I live in Normal Heights now, and drawing is still my bread and butter. My brother has a small printing press, though, and I’ve been itching to use it!

Please tell us about your art.
My main focus recently has been drawing and collage. I approach each medium a little differently. Drawing is very meditative for me. I like to keep compositions simple, but I’m really heavy on the detail. This can get super tedious, but I love seeing the results of thousands of tiny marks turn into a complete image.

I approach collage a lot more intuitively. I gather images I like and kind of allow them to fall into place. It’s a refreshing thing to do if I’ve been working on a super meticulous drawing because there’s a lot more opportunity for the chance! I also shy away from color in my drawings, so my collages are usually supersaturated with color. I use a lot of old National Geographic magazines for resources, and the color in some of these old photos are unreal.

I’m really attracted to creating images of the natural world and finding symbolism in animals and plants. You can find the ouroboros, which is a snake eating its tail, in my art quite often. It symbolizes infinity and cyclicality, so for me, it’s turned into a personal symbol that reminds me to keep moving and keep growing.

Overall, I approach art as a very reflective and personal thing. It’s a way to make something in my head into a tangible object, and a way to create these weird whimsical spaces to escape into.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
I may not be the best person to ask! Last year, I was juggling three part-time jobs, and making time for art was rough. I finally have one full-time job, so work-life balance is much easier to manage nowadays, haha.

It’s an inevitable struggle, but a day job is a necessity for most of us. I used to beat myself up for having creative dry spells that were directly correlated with working too much, but we all have to hustle. To combat this, try to carve out a tiny bit of time to create, even a few minutes.

And if that’s hard, keep art on the mind. Support your fellow artists, go to shows, and always try to keep inspiration close. Even if you don’t have time to work on an idea, write it down and file it away for later.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’m kind of awful at keeping things up to date, but you can see my work on Tumblr or Instagram. The easiest ways to reach out to me is via Instagram or email!

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Image Credit:
Charlene Siliezar

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