Chung-Im Kim’s striking fibre art is inspired by the intricate designs and beauty she sees in nature. This series of contemporary wall sculptures are hand sewn from industrial felt. The elegant indigo detail pops against the white backdrop accentuating its organic shape. Kim uses a unique process of sewing together small pieces of felt pulled taut to form an elegant web-like 3-D effect. The Canadian artist named this work after the Korean word, ‘Sansu’ which has a double meaning…both arithmetic and landscape. One of a series.
(In Korean) “San means mountain, su means water, together they mean nature, wilderness. So, the (idea of) landscape applies very well.” Chung-Im Kim
She was born in Seoul, Korea and received her MFA from Seoul Women's University in 1984. 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. She has been a resident in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre, working in the design industry for over fifteen years as a free-lance designer.