Sam Kirk, a U.S. based multidisciplinary artist with studios 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.
Kirk’s creative process involves frequent voyages so she may engage with a variety of communities in different cities. Her current focus is on the exploration of identity and the integration of cultures. Sharing experiences from her own life, the lives of her peers and strangers to bring the reality of this beautiful struggle called ‘life’ to the forefront.
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. Resolute in her belief of giving back to the community, she donates 25% of her sales to the efforts of a variety of well-deserving organizations throughout the nation.