South Korean artist Ilhwa Kim's work intersects sculpture with painting. Her intricate technique is comprised of hand dying, cutting and rolling pieces of mulberry paper that she refers to as "seeds" to create unique and immersive landscapes. Kim says, "Each piece represents a world of its own, and when thousands of worlds come together it becomes another universe. There are straight lines and circles and when you combine them together they represent the tiniest particles of the world and I see these as the seeds of the world. They look a lot like seeds too when you look at them from high above."
Kim’s pieces are 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. Each single sheet of paper is dyed by hand with thousands of different colors with various cuts, rolls and layers of paper to make it rigid. Not a single universe has the same shape, look or color.
Kim earned her BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul. She’s shown internationally and his been included in art fairs and exhibitions throughout Asia and Europe.