Kyung Hee Im
County: Kittitas County
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2022
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Kyung Hee (Kate) Im is a Korean-American sculptor, installation artist, and educator. Her artwork explores cultural differences, connectedness, intimacy, and isolation which depict the ways people maintain remote relationships, staying connected with digital communication tools and complex networking systems. The sculptures portray bodies that are often fragmented, their parts isolated from one another in space, but also bound together by a network of fragile threads. Those physical threads represent intangible connections, which are in a state of constant flux – sagging down or pulling caught under tension, getting clumped and twisted together, and becoming permanently entangled over time.
Im has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally including in South Korea, Georgia, Texas, California, and North Carolina. Also, she had several groups and solo virtual exhibitions. She won first prize in the 34th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition in Greater Denton Arts Council at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, and best in show in the 2nd Annual Sculpture Online Exhibition juried by Patrick Dougherty with The In Art Gallery. Also, she was an honorable mention in Envision Arts at the CoLab gallery in Denton, TX.
She currently teaches sculpture, installation art, and digital fabrication at Central Washington University.
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Don't Touch, thread and foam, dimensions variable (hand: 36″ x 22.5″ x 10.5″), 2021, Photo: Mike Fleming
Imprint, thread, PLA, electronic parts, plaster, 11.4″ x 10″ x 10″, 2020, Photo: Mike Fleming
Shedding Skins, threads, wood, foam, plaster (gauze), dimensions variable (figure: 62.4”H, frame: 84.75″ x 38″ x 12″), 2020, Photo: Mike Fleming
Suspended Animation, thread, hardware mesh, sheet metal, dimensions variable (legs: 36″ x 20″ x 10″), 2020, Photo: Mike Fleming
Remote, thread and fabric, dimensions variable (fabric: 60" x 48"), 2021, Photo: Mike Fleming