The large-scale painted works of Siwon Kim are both straightforward and abstract -- they are representations of things or scenes that she has observed or experienced in her current environment. A wonderful simplification, in Kim's case I find this simple approach quite compelling because the scale of the work puts the things she observes into a different perspective or out of proportion. She urges us to reflect on everyday objects in a new way. In Dinner Invitation a huge dinner is laid out on a canvas, like a huge table suspended on the wall, or Bean Plant on the Sill becomes monumental -- more like a forest than a little window sill plant.
Kim's handling of paint is marvelous -- she uses thick paint, but not a ton of it. Layers of color are visible, adding richness to a seemingly flat surface; there is much more going on in the deceptively shallow surface of these canvases than initially meets the eye. The blocks of color and composition are powerful; her understanding of color relationships comes through in The Last Scene and Bean Plant with fantastic complementary compartments that, deftly broken up with bits of white or a strip of another color, give these canvases real power.
Siwon Kim graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2014 and is currently based in London. Check out her website and keep up with current projects at siwonkim.com.