Worlds of Whimsy + Navigating Multiple Passions with Kim Tateo

Join Kat and Kim Tateo, an artist, educator, and leader who paints her feelings into worlds of whimsy. A common theme in her work is interconnectedness.

In this episode, we discuss her work and process. We chat about how she navigates between multiple passions and projects such as art, music, writing, and managing a non-profit nature reserve and farm.

Kim Tateo is an artist, musician and educator living in Troy, NY. She is also the Executive Director and Farm Manager of Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that facilitates conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation within Tivoli Lake Preserve which is located in an Environmental Justice (EJ) community in Albany, New York.

Kim was born in 1984 in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted when she was three months old and grew up in the state of Iowa. She received a BA of Music from the University of Iowa. After college, she relocated to New York City where she resided for nearly 10 years before moving to upstate NY.

As an artist, Kim explores connections of the seen and unseen and works in all mediums including paint, glitter, watercolors, pastels, plants, and anything that creates color.

When she is not painting, she is singing or shepherding a flock of sheep (sometimes both simultaneously) and her work is greatly influenced by her time with plants and animals. Kim also plays keyboard and sings vocals for Machine Revival.

Kim has been part of several group exhibitions in NYC and the Capital Region. Highlighted shows include the “dreamlands”, a 2021 International Virtual show hosted by the Arts to Hearts project curated by Ekaterina Popova, Artist, Curator & Founder of Create! Magazine, "What Blooms in Moonlight" which was a solo event held at Taste Collection in 2019 and two jury-selected shows, S010 at Con Artist Gallery in collaboration with Meural and The Sixth Annual Regional Juried Art Show at the Spencertown Academy.

Stay tuned for the next Snail Mail Art Collaboration. This is a year-long project for 12 artists to create a piece of collaborative art. It is almost like an Exquisite corpse, but not quite. The idea is to have fun, create something, but also be okay with the idea of impermanence since you have no idea how y(our) original piece will be transformed - who knows how it will look when it returns to you! <3

This project started during the pandemic as a way to stay connected with others in a creative way.

For this next project, there will be an invitation for participants to connect deeper over monthly zoom calls to check in about the project and share their experiences.

The application will be posted soon! Sign up for Kim's newsletter to learn more.

Mural by Kim Tateo
Artwork by Kim Tateo
Kim Tateo with sheep
 Kim Tateo in front of mural
Artist  Kim Tateo with cat