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Han Nae Kim aims to explore the gaps and psychological phenomena found in cultural ...
Han Nae Kim aims to explore the gaps and psychological phenomena found in cultural ....



 

 


Han Nae Kim aims to explore the gaps and psychological phenomena found in cultural mélange through the devices created by the artist’s body and materials. Kim's choice of materials may have been unconsciously self-reflective, as the palette and the textures she creates while using those materials have resulted in giving the impression of ‘Asian-ness’ to many viewers. The tactile quality of Ottchil; Urushiol-based Asian lacquer and the sensorial experience involved in the making process are equally important as the aesthetic appeal. The artist values a sense of skin, flesh and touch found in the movement of 19th century Primitivism, as the substantiality of matter and awareness of what can be experienced, are learned through tactile sensations. Exploring the ‘in-between’ as a field of encounter, collision, penetration and fission comprises the general understanding of her practice. The process of repetitive layering, rubbing and sanding, make the surface rich with potential. It becomes the symbolic skin, which possesses a virtual depth that can be constantly manipulated and regenerated.


 


Han Nae Kim is a full time visual artist based in Auckland and a doctoral candidate at Elam School of Fine Arts. Kim revives the traditional technique of Asian lacquer art.



COLLECTIONS

 

The James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, Saachi & Saachi, The Netherlands, VCA Collection, Melbourne, The Athenaeum Club,

 Melbourne, Anglican Church of Korea, Seoul, Tongyeong Ottchil Museum, Tongyeong, Shanghai Art and Design College, Shanghai,

 Guangxi Art College, Nanning, Private Collections throughout NZ, Australia, South Korea and the USA.