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About Hyun Jung Kim

Hyun Jung Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and currently lives and works in Virginia.

Hyun Jung Kim received her BFA and MFA from the Department of Sculpture at Seoul National University, in Korea, and her MFA from Montclair State University, in the United States, where she went on to teach for nine years. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including at the Young-Eun Museum, Newark Museum, Belskie Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, PPOW Gallery, and George Segal Gallery. Recently, Kim has been invited for a solo exhibition at Woman’s National Democratic Club, in D. C. and her work became the collections of Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in NY and Capital One headquarter in Richmond.

Kim has participated in major international art fairs in Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, and Miami to introduce works to art lovers and professionals. Hyun Jung Kim recently exhibited her works at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and in Athens, Greece, as well as being selected as an associate artist of Torpedo Factory Art Center in Virginia.

Hyun Jung Kim

Artist Statement

I ask the ontological question of who I am to establish a unique language, drawing on reviews of previous generations’ revealed studies. This question leads to the interests about a human being’s value and humanity in current society and I make wearable sculptures for interactive projects with the public to remind them of their own values, or panels which have words or sentences related to subjects of interest.

As my visual language, I developed the idea to use the dots and codes of Braille to deliver meanings in language form, but also to create a visually decorative and abstract look.

blind in art installation

Blind in Art – Love

  • 2022
  • Canvas, Pearls, Gold Leaf, Wine Dyed Silk String
  • Torpedo Factory, Alexandria

Blind in Art – Love by Hyun Jung Kim consists of 10 panels, each with the English word LOVE overlaid with another language. In this installation, the artist (together with the Center) has chosen the languages of Chinese/Japanese kanji, Filipino, Hawaiian, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Samoan, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese to represent just a few of the ethnicities that comprise the AAPI region. The panels also feature the word LOVE in braille, designated by pearls and string, not only as recognition to the visually impaired, but also to reinforce the central concept that art, equivalent to love, is blind. Meanwhile, the pearls are a recognition of the hardships and struggles that different ethnicities and immigrants face, which, after time, turn into works of beauty. From the artist’s personal perspective, they also symbolize the beauty that is produced through the struggle to create art.

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