Kim’s felt conceptions bridge the artistic worlds of craft, design, and fine art, as outlined in a new article on ARTEMORBIDA, the contemporary textile arts publication. The article, Chung-Im Kim: the Korean Diaspora and the Art of Industrial Felt, discusses Kim’s minimalist three-dimensional biomorphic wall sculptures that hold alluring geometric tactility.
The article is written by Dr. Jessica Veevers, Director of Oeno Gallery. Veevers recently completed a PhD in Art History at Concordia University, Montreal, specializing in modern and contemporary Canadian art. Prior to that I completed a masters in painting conservation at Queen’s University, Kingston, and worked at a number of public institutions including the National Gallery of Canada.
Kim immigrated to Canada in 1990, relating that it took her 10 years to adapt to a new culture and find her artistic voice. She did this through incorporating change and developing a practice that embraced the intersectionality of the Korean and Canadian cultures. Kim utilizes a traditional Bojaji patchwork stitch to join together the patchwork of industrial felt pieces that she has hand dyed or silkscreened into an organic three-dimensional design.
Chung-Im Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received her MFA from Seoul Women’s University in 1984. She began her career working in the textile industry as a surface pattern designer while also teaching and running a studio in Seoul before moving to Canada. Kim was resident in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, and a freelance designer before becoming an associate professor in the Textile Department at OCAD University in Toronto. Kim has maintained an active studio practice with exhibitions at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Bogojae Gallery in Seoul, Korea, and Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County.
New artworks by Chung-Im Kim are featured in our current exhibition, Negotiating Diaspora: From the Personal to the Universal - On now at Oeno Gallery until April 18 2021.
Visit the link in our profile to view the exhibit online, watch the exhibition tour video or call us directly 613-393-2216 for more.