DC Area Artists Create Fluid Installation

Soomin Ham and Amie Oliver

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to collaborate with Forest City Washington at their Twelve12 residential location in Navy Yard, to present a new exhibition highlighting two DC area artists, Soomin Ham and Amie Oliver. Both artists work with similar concepts in mind but use different mediums to depict the intangible. 

Ham’s work explores the ephemeral quality of a moment in time as she uses experimental methods in her photography practices. Her work encompasses personal fragments that reflect a journey through life and memory.

Amie Oliver’s body of work is fluid, transformative, and dramatic. Her paintings catalogue the passing of time and the subtle and profound impact of entropy and the elements on the material world. Through her artistic process she explores the impermanence of her materials and how they correspond with nature.

These two artists deconstruct materials or images to construct a visual representation of time, transformation, and the ephemeral. Each of these elements are incorporated throughout the works exhibited in the Twelve12 lobby, blending the artists into a harmonious conversation.

This exhibition is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it is located at 1212 4th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. It will be on display through September 2017.


Soomin Ham is inspired by memory, making photography the primary vehicle to capture the impermanence of time. Ham is a multimedia artist and photographer based in Washington, DC. Ham’s multimedia installations, photography, and mixed media works have been widely exhibited from the DC area to New York and Seoul, Korea. Ham trained as a classical musician at Ewha’s Women University in South Korea and received a Master of Art in photography and multimedia from New York University/International Center of Photography in New York. Ham was a recipient of D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grants including an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant in 2003 and Small Projects Grant in 2000. She is currently a member of Multiple Exposures Gallery and an Associate Artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.

Amie Oliver is a painter who uses ink and water to capture the fluidity of time on paper. Through her process of scratching, brushing and drawing with permanent ink she creates elemental shapes, forms and spaces which evoke the fragile and transitory nature of our planet. She earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a B.A. from Mississippi State University with post graduate studies at Tyler School of Art via the Glasgow School of Art and SUNYBrockport via the Visual Studies Workshop. Oliver’s exhibition history spans the globe and includes galleries in the USA, Australia, South Korea, Germany, France, and Turkey. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA and the Fellows Council for the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA.


CulturalDC has an 18-year history of creating affordable, sustainable artist spaces in the Washington, D.C., area. CulturalDC has brokered more than 250,000 square feet of artist space, including the Atlas Performing Arts Center, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Source Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Each year, CulturalDC serves more than 1,000 artists and welcomes 30,000 audience members and participants who patronize local businesses and contribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; The National Endowment for the Arts; DC Office of Planning; DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment; District of Columbia Housing Association; Congressional Commercial; Daimler; S&R Foundation; Urban Atlantic; Washington Gas; Altria; Susan and Dixon Butler; Bank of America; Peter Miller and Sara Cormeny; Foulger-Pratt, Pepco-Exelon; VOA Associates; CastroHaase pllc; Bozzuto; Telesis; EagleBank; Menkiti Group; Hank and Carol Goldberg; Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Forest City Washington; Dallas Moors Coors; Artspace; Abdo Development; and Ditto Residential.

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