MyungJin Kim, ‘Spring-Bosch’, 2016, Mobilia Gallery
MyungJin Kim, ‘Spring-Bosch’, 2016, Mobilia Gallery
MyungJin Kim, ‘Spring-Bosch’, 2016, Mobilia Gallery

“In my new “Boschlandia Series” I pay homage to the great 15th Cen. Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. I am still interested in the similarities and differences between the east and west in art and life. I make ceramic sculpture but look a lot at paintings from both cultures because they are so rich and hold so many clues that help me understand a life between cultures. Bosch’s paintings are very much like a fairy tale land, dense with life’s meaning. His complex detail and uniquely beautiful narrative vision continues to fascinate me.
“I am very intrigued in creating a transition from 2D to 3D and so I have begun to make small tableaus of certain creatures and aspects from Bosch's landscapes that create a bigger vision of storytelling to viewers. The owl in particular caught my attention, as it is generally a universal symbol for strength and quiet wisdom, virtues that are also admired in the Korea where I was raised. The similarities between the way Korean folk painters “Minwha” and early Northern European painters like Bosch and many others painted the land formations and landscape also cannot be overlooked. This is something that I have begun to try to understand in my own way as I make landmass forms as part of my sculptural tableaus.”

  1. "Fauve," Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA.