Soyongdori by Chung-Im Kim

Year
2012
Medium
Screenprint on Hand-Sewn Felt
Size
51 × 24 × 2 inches
129.5 × 61 × 5.1 cm
$4000
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About the Work

Crimson red waves silkscreened onto white felt swirl into a two tight eddies at the centre of this sculptural work. The felt fabric is cut in curated and irregular rectangles then sewn back together with precise white stitches into a grid of valleys and peaks. From these peaks delicate white threads dangle and tangle to create gentle movement. This beautiful, contemplative fabric piece hangs on the wall with a simple velcro application. Larger works in this series have been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. "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. Since her arrival Kim has been a resident in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre, working in the design industry over fifteen years as a free-lance designer, and is currently an associate professor in the Fibre Dept at OCAD University. Her work is held in private and corporate collections.