The painting Butterflies - Van Gogh
(2014) makes use of a similar visual language: a smattering of purple butterflies appear against a cheery yellow background. Together, they form the portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. Some may regard this work as yet another form of appropriation, as it is based on Van Gogh’s own Self-Portrait
(1889, while others may see Kim’s style as an inventive cross between
practices. By selecting works by artists with such rich art historical significances, Kim has cleverly referenced the art historical canon. In an interview Kim explained
: “It may seem like I choose my subject too easily, but the choice entails risk and I find exhilaration in what is risky.” This element of risk is communicated to the viewer in bold colors and a careful selection of cultural icons.