Hye-Jin Kim (South Korea) Residence: February 2018
Hye-Jin Stella Kim is a young emerging artist, specialised in abstract painting and mixed media, who currently lives and works in Daegu, South Korea. She moved to New York in 2008 to study fine arts and received her B.F.A. in painting at Pratt Institute. She has held group and solo exhibitions since 2012, including “Abstract Mind”, “Memorial” and “Meditation” in Korea, and “Letters from Sapporo” in Japan.
Her artistic goal is creating visual art everyone can enjoy including the blind. She takes pictures whenever she finds beautiful scenes, and writes letters/poems describing her feelings at the moments using lots of visual imageries, so that the blind can draw the scenes in their minds. Then she makes reliefs using braille
system and photos, in the purpose of being seen differently by the people who can see and who can not. She says “At first sight, they will seem to be abstract reliefs, and when people become blind and touch the works, they might be able to see the real pictures.”
During her stay at Studio Kura, she would like to continue to work on her relief series with the photos taken in Fukuoka. She plans to include the works in her solo exhibition which will be held in 2018 in Korea.