Spectacular white on white large scale wall sculpture, created with thread, felt, and printing techniques. The felt is pulled into peaks and valleys by the stitching; hundreds of gossamer threads hang and shimmer like a veil.
The artist had to undergo investigations in a cardiac unit, and an ECG due to a heart beat irregularity. She took the printout from the ECG and silkscreened the pattern on to the white industrial felt. She then cut the felt into pieces, and hand-stitched them back together again in a celebration of having regained a new lease on life. The idea of life "hanging by a thread" is implied, but there are hundreds of threads, which together are very strong indeed.
This particular piece was recently exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Chung-Im Kim began her career working in the textile industry as a surface pattern designer while also running a studio in Seoul and teaching at a college before moving to Canada in 1990. Since her arrival Kim has been a resident in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre, working in the design industry over fifteen years as a free-lance designer, and is currently an associate professor in the Fibre Dept at OCAD University. These beautiful fabric pieces hang on the wall with a simple velcro application.
"For me, patterns are hard to ignore as I encounter everyday life. Whether the source comes from nature, historical context or plainly created by me, working with patterns always gives me the thrill of entering a new world. A pattern can grow into a complex image jungle or a well disciplined ornamental beauty. These recent works explore the chaotic order resulting from many small pieces containing broken images."