Ilhwa Kim

Ilhwa Kim's work 'Seed_universe 天下圖' is composed of tens of thousands of seed units. Each seed unit has the combination of straight lines and circles, which compose a tiny single universe in her own physical terms. The materials are not given, but created personally for the each single universe. Kim dyes each sheet of paper by hand with thousands of different colors and cuts and rolls the layers of paper to make it rigid. It gives her an emotional bonding to each single universe. Not a single universe has the same shape, look, color in her work.

When tens of thousands of universes take shape of the whole universe, a single work completed, it never stays still and keeps turning into another version as if the universe rolls slowly every second. The tactile universe pushes away the distinction between sculpture and painting; tenderly relaxed talk ceaselessly goes on between the sculptural weight and tactile painting quality.

The universe transforms dramatically between a close up and a distance away. The sense of completion never comes in full and each perception betrays previous ones a moment ago. Kim's universes are extremely free from optimum point of view. If you take a look at the work closely, lots of seeds are lodged tightly engaged in the surface. The delicate surface whirlpool reminds that seeds are pushing and pulling themselves to sprout. However, the moment you watch it in a distance, the work becomes full of seed-waves lashed out from the boundary.

Tiny seed units by Kim's hands are firm and rigid, but the lump by the seed waves moves tender and fast. The surface and sense of the work keep changing from morning to night all day long. The 'Seed' work itself does not move, but reforms every moment achieving unseen dynamic balances among calm humble seeds.

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