“I feel the weight of life is too heavy and it comes from gravity of body. I’m so much eager to achieve my status of anima without gravity-body. All action of process to make art is burning my own body through Hanji paper.”
Born in South Korea in 1962, Minjung Kim studied calligraphy and watercolor painting from an early age and went on to major in oriental painting at Hongik University in Seoul. She then studied abroad at Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, and during this time was deeply inspired by artists like Constantin Brâncusi, Carl Andre and Brice Marden. Today, Kim lives and works between New York and the South of France, creating ethereal works that merge the traditional craft of her birthplace with a minimalist and abstract contemporary aesthetic and paper collages.
The artist’s first exhibition in Monaco, Burning Gravity at Sotheby’s Monaco, will present a curated selection of works from her Street, Mountain, Phasing, Sculpture and Order & Impulse series, spanning from 2017 to 2023. All of the works are on Korean hanji paper, exploring the different techniques and materials used in Kim’s work with her favoured medium.
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