中文

Kim Yoo Min

Kim's art stems from her delicate emotional experience, and she takes lines as a symbol of the constant flow of emotions, allowing them to grow naturally. Through a process of interweaving and entanglement, she materializes her emotions into different forms of flowers, each having a unique flower language to symbolize the emotional states at different periods.

 

Flowers take on specific meanings as a result of an accumulation of cultural history. Such history can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian era. With the development of human history, the symbolic significance of flowers also accumulates and superimposes, thus forming a set of subtle cultural discourse. Kim’s art is an expression of her inner monologue in the language of such subtle culture.

 

In 2015, Kim began to use threads on paper to imprint a feeling of bitterness and uneasiness. The lines in the painting flowed between her fingers like water. Her hands seemed to reach out senselessly with an elusive attempt to retain something ungraspable.  The sense of helplessness and disconsolation resembled the famous poems "helpless flowers fall" (无可奈何花落去) and  "water still flows, though we lash it with a sword" (抽刀断水水更流). Since then, her lines have continued to grow. She began to incorporate the lines into her reliefs, intertwining the lines with body shapes, such as faces, hands, and torsos. Sometimes these lines merge into an organic and integral part of the body, other times they seemed to devour it. At the same time, she vitalized the color of the work, shifting it gradually from a simple light tone to a distinctly warm tone, as if to symbolize the fluctuation of emotions.

 

From lines on paper to lines combined with reliefs, these symbols of emotion seem to have broken the boundaries of paper-based media and found an outlet for expression in a new dimension. Moreover, those plants, wrapped on the face or hands, mirror the emotional entanglements that are an inextricable part of life, always lingering in the depths of the soul. When confronting Kim’s works, we find that these symbols not only speak for the artist's inner whispers but also resonate with the audience. Because when we truly face the self and our lives, we always discover, deep down in our heart, something that we desire to express.

Kim's art stems from her delicate emotional experience, and she takes lines as a symbol of the constant flow of emotions, allowing them to grow naturally. Through a process of interweaving and entanglement, she materializes her emotions into different forms of flowers, each having a unique flower language to symbolize the emotional states at different periods.

 

Flowers take on specific meanings as a result of an accumulation of cultural history. Such history can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian era. With the development of human history, the symbolic significance of flowers also accumulates and superimposes, thus forming a set of subtle cultural discourse. Kim’s art is an expression of her inner monologue in the language of such subtle culture.

 

In 2015, Kim began to use threads on paper to imprint a feeling of bitterness and uneasiness. The lines in the painting flowed between her fingers like water. Her hands seemed to reach out senselessly with an elusive attempt to retain something ungraspable.  The sense of helplessness and disconsolation resembled the famous poems "helpless flowers fall" (无可奈何花落去) and  "water still flows, though we lash it with a sword" (抽刀断水水更流). Since then, her lines have continued to grow. She began to incorporate the lines into her reliefs, intertwining the lines with body shapes, such as faces, hands, and torsos. Sometimes these lines merge into an organic and integral part of the body, other times they seemed to devour it. At the same time, she vitalized the color of the work, shifting it gradually from a simple light tone to a distinctly warm tone, as if to symbolize the fluctuation of emotions.

 

From lines on paper to lines combined with reliefs, these symbols of emotion seem to have broken the boundaries of paper-based media and found an outlet for expression in a new dimension. Moreover, those plants, wrapped on the face or hands, mirror the emotional entanglements that are an inextricable part of life, always lingering in the depths of the soul. When confronting Kim’s works, we find that these symbols not only speak for the artist's inner whispers but also resonate with the audience. Because when we truly face the self and our lives, we always discover, deep down in our heart, something that we desire to express.