Eury (Yeahgean) Kim
“The world we live in is not always beautiful. But we may all possess the dream of being beautiful, still and peaceful. My works reflect what I want to see and feel.”
Eury (a.k.a Yeahgean) moved to Sydney, Australia, when she was 13. The first year was the hardest as everything was new, different and she was not fluent in English. One thing she was interested in was art class. As being a quiet student, she found a comfort zone while drawing and painting and her art teacher gave me a perfect score when she first submitted my art assignment. The early immigration period was difficult to communicate in the language, but the sense of isolation has driven me into creating art as another way of communication. Since then, art never left her.
The artworks convey the world that may not be visible but the dreamlike imagery. The artist’s recent works display a poetic space formed by fairytale-like natural environment and symbols with Korean traditional art approach, creating a hidden, mystic and dreamy atmosphere. She often record my feelings, visual scenes that she remembers from her dreams onto canvas.
Though she grew up in Australia, educated the western art approach, the artist always had wills to learn her background and Korean traditional art. Since 2015, she moved back to Korea and started her art series that involves Korean poetic approach in fine art. She was fascinated with the idea that the ancient Koreans had paintings for a good fortune and had a clear poetic approach with metaphor and symbols. They almost read the painting rather looked at it. For example, in her painting often there are peacock birds, roses and pine trees. Peacock birds with the same letter have other meaning ‘must’ and roses mean forever young and pine trees are a symbol of longevity. Three of them make a sentence of ‘You must have a long life, looking beautiful’.
The artist’s recent works are the result of exploring a wide variety of materials and expressive techniques from Eastern and Western traditions. The mediums are acrylic, oil, mother of pearls on canvas, wood, found pieces such as vintage violins, wooden trays.