In the Midst by Chung-Im Kim

Year
2009
Medium
Screenprint on Hand-Sewn Felt
Size
76 × 58 × 5 inches
193 × 147.3 × 12.7 cm
$14000
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About the Work

Charcoal waves silkscreened on felt swirl into tight eddies across the surface of this contemplative sculptural wall work. The off-white felt fabric is cut into irregular rectangles then sewn back together with precise stitches into a grid of valleys and peaks. From these peaks delicate white threads dangle and tangle to create gentle movement. This work has been exhibited in Belgium, Holland, Australia and Toronto. It was a prizing winning entry in the International Contemporary Textile Arts competition in Tournai, Belgium. "For me, patterns are hard to ignore as I encounter everyday life. Whether the source comes from nature, historical context or plainly created by me, working with patterns always gives me the thrill of entering a new world. A pattern can grow into a complex image jungle or a well disciplined ornamental beauty. These recent works explore the chaotic order resulting from many small pieces containing broken images. I tend to see each of these parts as an independent soul containing unique power and energy that then together becomes an entity as cells to a body. I hope to evoke the birthing tension when all are gathered." Chung-Im Kim Kim began her career working in the textile industry as a surface pattern designer while also running a studio in Seoul and teaching at a college before moving to Canada in 1990. Kim has been a resident artist in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre. She has worked in the design industry over fifteen years and is currently an associate professor in the Fibre Dept at OCAD University. Her work is held in private and corporate collections.

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