Ilhwa Kim’s artworks are as captivating as they are unmistakable. Her hand-dyed folds of cut Hanji paper, set in place with precise and meticulous artistry, reveal extrusions and indentations, slides, paths, queues, and constellations which collectively speak to the rich, organic dynamism of perception. The self-proclaimed ‘sculptor of the senses’ builds on past collections as she explores a new dimension to her art discovered through the isolating and sensitizing experience of living in lockdown.
“During lockdown, we all had to live in very limited, disconnected spaces. It forced us to dust off our recipes and gave us hours to reinvent our everyday experiences at home. For me, I became conscious of how my senses gave more attention and room to minor details of my everyday life, and this new attentiveness, this new sensitivity led me to experience my own works in a new way.”
- Ilhwa Kim