"Challenging moments made me who I am," says Henn Kim

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Henn Kim is a South Korean artist known for her black-and-white illustrations that blend real and fantasy worlds. Her surrealist art touches on themes of depression, love, family and music and her new memoir I Need Art: Reality Isn't Enough is a striking and intimate look at her life from 17 to 33, through text, imagery and poetry. 

In her early career, Kim drew worked as a graphic designer, and later transitioned into illustration. She shot into the spotlight with her cover illustration for Sally Rooney's Normal People and has worked for the likes of UNICEF, Nike, the BBC and TED. I Need Art: Reality Isn't Enough is her second book, the first being Starry Night, Blurry Dreams.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.