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MyungJin Kim

Hortus Talisman #23



MYUNGJIN KIM (Korean, b.1975)

Hortus Talisman #23, 2022

Acrylic, polyurethane

94" H x 46" W x 1.75" D (each)

MyungJin Kim was born in 1975, South Korea. She received her MFA in ceramic art in Seoul National University in 2002 after which she moved to Los Angeles.

Deeply embedded in Korean culture is the shamanistic practice of strategically placing symbolically meaningful paintings, drawings and special objects in the home or temple as talisman for protection. The gallery installation engages this symbolic practice. Kim has covered the walls with paintings of ancient plants from her garden, enveloping her ceramic sculptures within the space. In using the same visual language as the vessels, Kim's murals transform the architecture of the room, evoking the immersive environment of her own garden.

Kim has long been interested in painting styles from both the East and West. Korean “Minhwa” are mysteriously beautiful Chosun dynasty folk paintings which have been influential in her practice. In particular, 19th century “Whajodo” are symbolic folk paintings that include landscapes with lush flowers and pairs of birds who are “mated for life". They offer the promise of prosperity, longevity and happiness.

Her ceramic art can be found in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, OR, The Pizzuti Collection in the Columbus Museum of Art, The Resnick Collection in Los Angeles, The Archie Bray Foundation Collection in Helena, Montana, The Sonny Kamm Teapot Collection in Los Angeles. As well her work can be found in numerous private collections in the United States.

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