Jihee Kim

South Korean, born 1983

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Jihee Kim

South Korean, born 1983

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In an abstracted exploration of her private identity, Jihee Kim paints, draws, and collages illustrative images of her body with an obscured face. In her earlier work, Kim painted and drew brightly colored, almost symbolist self-portraits of her nude body wearing a zebra or horse mask. The masks render her anonymous and draw attention to her animalistic sexual impulses. More recently, Kim created a variant of these works, focusing on the flowing hair of faceless women. She also placed collaged images of fashion models from magazines atop the pages of library books. Akin to marginalia doodles, the subconscious quality of Kim’s work allows for insight into her private desires and sense of self.

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In an abstracted exploration of her private identity, Jihee Kim paints, draws, and collages illustrative images of her body with an obscured face. In her earlier work, Kim painted and drew brightly colored, almost symbolist self-portraits of her nude body wearing a zebra or horse mask. The masks render her anonymous and draw attention to her animalistic sexual impulses. More recently, Kim created a variant of these works, focusing on the flowing hair of faceless women. She also placed collaged images of fashion models from magazines atop the pages of library books. Akin to marginalia doodles, the subconscious quality of Kim’s work allows for insight into her private desires and sense of self.

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