Today we’d like to introduce you to Tommii Lim.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Started from drawing as a child. Trained and developed my art my whole life. Today, I travel and create art installations, murals, paintings and designs around the globe.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are no straight roads in pursuing passions and dreams. It was and is always a struggle, which to me, makes art genuine and real. I mostly worked independently and had to figure things out on my own. One of my biggest hurdles was when I got in an accident and cut my eyeball. I had to get a corneal transplant and take two years off of my art career, having to go to the hospital everyday and confined to staying out of the sun. It was a dark time in my life both physically and mentally. We find out how tough we really are when challenged by our demons. I could of sat there everyday and felt sorry for myself but instead I never stopped trying. I picked up a camera and started learning photography and video while I was injured (which I now incorporate into my work), read more in depth about art history and worked on expanding my art. It forced me to change the way I literally saw the world and make my art. It forced me to speed up the evolution of my style by simplifying my work due to the fact my sight became altered with double vision. I decided to change a minus into a plus which is the key to how I have lived my life as an artist and as a human.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a visual artist. I specialize in painting large scale works in the form of murals, installations and art pieces. I am known for creating works that are design-centric in a high contrast black and white minimalist style. I use forced perspective techniques to create 3-dimensional immersive mural installations where viewers can interact and experience my paintings in all angles. Each piece is conceptual in abstract forms and are often left to the viewer to interpret what to see and feel. I have made works and designs around the globe and have collaborated with companies like Google, Nike, Under Armour, Mark & Lona (Japan) and many others.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I have yet to find the meaning of this. I always crave change and challenge myself to improve upon and enhance the ways I observe, analyze, think, conceptualize and execute each art piece. This kind of mind state, unfortunately will never let me feel like I have ever found success but in return will always keep my growth constant as an artist which I guess is my definition of a success. In another words, success is whatever makes one happy or not unhappy.
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