Artist Statement

The visual experiences that move me -- color, composition, and luminosity -- are in nature around me. I feel that I am grounded in observation of it. I hope that the translation of what I observe turns into color, shapes, and brush strokes, and it is my wish to evoke the spiritual through the visual. I embrace, with gratitude, those artists who have given me gifts in the form of inspiration, influence, and permission. I have learned and keep learning from their art.

    Kumi Korf

Hidden Books | the Art of Kumi Korf is a 30-minute documentary about artist Kumi Korf, who was born in Japan and now lives in Ithaca, N.Y. Kumi received a BA in architecture from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and an MFA in printmaking from Cornell University. Her art involves several disciplines: architectural design, printmaking, painting, and artists’ books.


Director Sam Hampton received the 2011 CINE Golden Eagle Award, Independent Documentary Short for Hidden Books | the Art of Kumi Korf.

Director's Statement

What I want the documentary to do more than anything is to capture and illustrate the concept of ki the Japanese meaning for the life force, inner power or spiritual energy that is a part of everything that exists. I always feel it when I look at or think about Kumi’s work.

Sam Hampton

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