South Korean artist
“[My art] describes the existence of human beings,” Kim tells My Modern met. “It is not about a human being as a successful being, but a focus on the incomplete human being.” His work is informed by COVID-19. “The pandemic of 2020 has clearly shown how weak the existence of a human being is. I use plants, animals, and objects as metaphors to show this.”
While these branches define the outline of a person’s face and body, they do not create a substantial form. Instead, the twigs scatter inside the body like veins and capillaries, leaving pockets of empty space inside. This incompleteness creates tension in the sculpture, as though there is an expectation that the roots are going to continue to grow. Instead of a “successful” being,” the viewer is seeing a figure in progress.
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South Korean artist Sun-Hyuk Kim creates mesmerizing figurative sculptures out of stainless steel.