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Pauline Lim
Somerville, MA

About the Artist

Pauline Lim was born in Clarinda, Iowa, in 1966, to parents who immigrated from post-war Korea. Raised by a family of physicians, Lim was pressured to become a doctor. To her parents, who had lost everything in the war, it was a matter of survival. Groomed for the Ivy league as early as four years old, Lim learned to play the piano, cello, guitar, flute and studied voice. She took jazz, tap, ballet, and gymnastics lessons while enrolling in art programs every summer. She was expected to bring home straight A’s on every report card.

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About the Artist

Pauline Lim was born in Clarinda, Iowa, in 1966, to parents who immigrated from post-war Korea. Raised by a family of physicians, Lim was pressured to become a doctor. To her parents, who had lost everything in the war, it was a matter of survival. Groomed for the Ivy league as early as four years old, Lim learned to play the piano, cello, guitar, flute and studied voice. She took jazz, tap, ballet, and gymnastics lessons while enrolling in art programs every summer. She was expected to bring home straight A’s on every report card.

Lim spent senior year of boarding school playing flute for the orchestra and singing in several choral groups. With a variety of university acceptances Lim enrolled at Harvard in the fall of 1984. Unfortunately, the culmination of years prepping to be the perfect candidate led to an immense sense of letdown when she found herself depressed and miserable despite her outward success. She drifted from major to major, psychology to literature to music, and found that Harvard had a knack for draining the fun out of every subject. When Lim found the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard speak for “Art and Architecture”, she found bliss as the focus was on active creation rather than reading and analyzing. Lim started cutting all bookish classes and attended all music rehearsals and studio time—her way of getting through her undergraduate years without jumping off a tall building.

Today Pauline lives in the Brickbottom Artists community (brickbottom.org), the oldest work-live artists’ community in the USA, and is paid as a soprano at Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA. She also sings with the Schola Cantorum of Boston, an acclaimed early-music vocal group. She is a former paid soprano at S. Stephen’s Church at Brown University in Providence, RI. Exhibiting extensively in the US and in Europe while granted many art and music awards, Lim has survived thus far.

Artist’s Work

Inner world
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Inner World

By Pauline Lim

You are my ideal 2
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You Are My Ideal

By Pauline Lim

Outside of time
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Outside of Time

By Pauline Lim

What have we learned
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What Have We Learned?

By Pauline Lim

Bring light unto mine eyes
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Bring Light Unto Mine Eyes

By Pauline Lim

The venus of poland in a brown dress
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The Venus of Poland in a Brown Dress

By Pauline Lim

All souls succumb
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All Souls Succumb

By Pauline Lim

Not big enough
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Not Big Enough

By Pauline Lim

Eye dream with eyelet
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Eye Dream (with Eyelet)

By Pauline Lim

Great unconformity
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The Great Unconformity

By Pauline Lim

I felt very close death
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I Felt Very Close to Death

By Pauline Lim

Here there be beasties
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Here There Be Beasties

By Pauline Lim

Selected Exhibitions

  • Brickbottom Gallery
    Somerville, MA, 2014
  • Honan-Allston Library Art Gallery
    Boston, MA, 2014
  • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
    Boston, MA, 2014
  • StreetPianos Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston
    Boston, MA, 2013
  • "Morocco: Sister City Visions", Brickbottom Gallery
    Somerville, MA, 2011

Press and Accolades

  • Invited inaugural speaker, Mayoral Inauguration, City of Somerville
    2014
  • Artist Fellowship Grant winner, Somerville Arts Council
    2011
  • Invited artist/ambassador to City of Somerville’s sister city of Tiznit, Morocco
    2009

Education

  • Artist Fellowship Grant winner, Somerville Arts Council, a local cultural council of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2011,
    2011 
  • Harvard University, A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies
    Cambridge, MA,1988 
  • Phillips Academy, High School Diploma, Cum Laude
    Andover, MA,1984