Cindy Ji Hye Kim Riddles of the Id, 162,6 × 121,9 cm, 2020
Photo : Lance Brewer, courtesy of the artist & Rodolphe Janssen

Cindy Ji Hye Kim approaches her practice as a form of writing. It is a pertinent strategy in that text generates images that remain unseen and the tension between the perceptible and the hidden is precisely what interests her. Her figures are metaphorical verbs that convey movement and action. They are often painted in impossible contraptions, negotiating the confined space of the pictorial plane with obtrusive scaffolds, sets, and other disturbing objects. These punctuating elements restrict the breadth of their movement but they also delimit the boundaries of their existence.

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This article also appears in the issue 102 - (Re)seeing Painting

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