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Su hyun Kim

Seoul

Artist Statement

If our eyes are the mirrors to our souls, then our hands are our connection to the world. Swiping a smartphone, putting food in our mouths, or opening a door, our hands turn our thoughts into reality. They can also reveal our labor, our relationships, and possibly, our potential for a long and happy life.

Bearing the fabric of traditional Korean clothing, and the marks of struggle, the hands in these paintings are colorful testaments to reunion celebrations. But they are also spectacular displays of dramatic duplicity. Uneasy embraces across history and geography, they hint at the painful reality of unending separation, clutching at fleeting and bittersweet happiness.

Other paintings feature fighting politicians, their faces comically contorted. Are their exaggerated expressions real? Or are they merely playing, posing for the cameras, for us?

Painting within a discourse of social analysis, a process of clipping media images, and classifying her subjects, Suhyun Kim challenges our sense of emotional honesty. Her images debate accountability and guilt, forcing us to question our complicity. Like photographs as witness to personal stories, her paintings depict individuals as universal archetypes, simultaneously complex and simple, like each of us.

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Su hyun Kim's Portfolio

Su hyun Kim, Pink Hide and seek , 2016, oil on canvas, 56 x 170 cm
Su hyun Kim, Color Festival , 2017, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
Su hyun Kim, Blue bird II , 2016, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
Su hyun Kim, Pink tide, 2016, oil on canvas, 162 x 110 cm
Su hyun Kim, Blue bird I , 2017, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
Su hyun Kim, Facade, 2017, oil on canvas, 112 x 145 cm
Su hyun Kim, Unstable Welcome III, 2017, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
Su hyun Kim, Blue Tide, 2017, oil on canvas, 112 x 145 cm
Su hyun Kim, Unstable Welcome II, 2017, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
Su hyun Kim, Unstable Welcome I , 2016, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm

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Artist Biography

Suhyun Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. She graduated with BFA and MFA degrees in Painting from EhwaWomansUniversity in Seoul. Her paintings have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout Korea since 2007, including at Suwon Art Center in Suwon, Kunstdoc Gallery in Seoul, and Sohoo Gallery in Yongin. She was an International Fellowship resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center, USA in 2010. She currently resides and works in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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