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Sooyeon Kim

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I feel that my current life is exactly like the countless unorganized photos. Nevertheless, each photo album named 2008, 2009, and 2010 has pictures of my childhood, family, friends, child, school, studio, home, travel destination, and city. The photos are clear, but my memories are partly left like fragments. Sadly, even that seems to be fading. 

On my travels through day-to-day life, the intriguing images and engaging people I encounter sit behind me as tattoos etched in my mind. Through my work, I investigate the transformation of such memories into spatial forms. I take photographs of places that I visit. The printed images on paper are duplicated and handcut multiple times in a sequence. This process repeatedly traces my memory’s outlines until the white space on form acquires its own identity without the actual images. The rooms where images are absent yield to the imagination’s discovery of the hidden and unknown.


2010 MFA in Jewelry & Metals, Rhode Island School of Design, RI, USA

2007 BFA in Arts and Crafts, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea

Selected Awards and Collections

The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

Selected Awards

2018 Winner, Lexus Creative Masters Award 2018, South Korea

2015 Honorable Mention, 9th Cheongju International Craft Competition, South Korea

2013 Winner, Art Jewelry Forum Emerging Artist Award, USA

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