Piece description from the artist
Over Under Through is somewhat a self portrait. When I began the work, I thought about what it felt like to be born and raised in the City of Chicago. Sometimes I feel like the same train lines that wrap our streets run through my veins, sometimes I feel like the pressure to make it is too much and it swallows me, sometimes, most times I am covered in the memories of open hydrants, that beautiful skyline, the bits of fresh air in certain neighborhoods, the scents of the city, Chicago Style hot dogs, walking miles to get to Marios for their amazing Italian Ice with my family. Living between cities at the moment, Chicago will always be my foundation, my blood line, what I carry in my essence.
Sam Kirk, a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago and Brooklyn, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, in a mixed race family, she has always been fascinated with community and culture. Taking experiences from her own upbringing and merging them with insights obtained during travel, her work is known for its vibrant color palette, whimsical characters and, profound stories laced with optimism.
Fascinated with people, their culture and how they express their identity, Sam is provoked to share stories in her work about the individuals she meets and the communities they are part of. Her creative process involves frequent voyages so she may engage with a variety of people in different cities.
Recognized for her public art and solo shows in Chicago, Sam Kirk has exhibited in New York, Miami, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. She is currently the official Chicago Made SXSW 2015 Artist, recently won the Curator’s Choice award at the Redbull Curates Chicago contest and, exhibited at Scope art fair in December 2014. She has been commissioned by Guinness, Smirnoff, Ciroc, Rolling Stone Magazine and Proctor & Gamble.
Sam earned a B.F.A. in Interior Design and a B.A. in Marketing from Columbia College in Chicago.