Kim prefers to work in installation art, most of which is largely autobiographical. The autobiographical nature of her work is said to be a result of her dual cultural identity, comprised of both her "sensitivities to the disparities between the impoverished South Korea of her youth, and the culture of abundance in America". - Jin Soo Kim. Born in South Korea, she came to the United States in 1974 to study art. She obtained her B.F.A. at Western Illinois University, Macomb She went on to receive her M.F.A. from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1983. Her work can be found in collections throughout the world. Jin Soo Kim teaches Sculpture at the SAIC. She resides in Evanston, Illinois.