Cheonae Kim

New York CIty, New York, USA

My work deals with form created by horizontal and vertical lines overlaid on a grid system. The lines for me are symbolic of our daily experience, which consists of opposite elements. Horizontal lines signify the passive, vertical lines the active or living. These forms also refer to certain sounds or language.

Repetition is an important element in my work. I wrote the following statement on repetition in 1989 for a show in St. Louis:

Wiederholung (Repetition)

Every morning we wake up, every evening we go to sleep
Ocean moves continuously back and forth.
Sun rises every morning and sets every evening.
Spring comes after winter, then summer, fall, winter
And starts all over again, repeats.
Clock is ticking continuously, time is passing.
We breathe constantly inhale, exhale.
Heart is beating and we know we are alive.

Another overriding aspect in my work is the maze. In many ways for me the human mind or condition can be very much like a maze. When you go through a passage or open a door, another appears. The painting and the repetition are like the maze. There is ongoing visual repletion, the similarity of the optical effect to sound, the endless winding through mental corridors.

In effect, through the simplest of means—a vertical and a horizontal line in endless combinations—I explore my interest in the human condition.

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