Hyunju Kim explores issues related to the subconscious, memory, and feeling through the process of painting. Her practice often searches the ungraspable connections between reality and dreams, as well as those between life and death. Her paintings reflect a deep fascination with psychoanalysis and dream interpretation, representing her own attempt to examine the dichotomy between waking life and the dream state. In her view, dreams revisit old memories that haven't fully assimilated and her paintings recall her own dreams. She was born, raised, and educated in South Korea before moving to the States. Currently lives and works in Bellevue, Washington.