b. 1943 Japan
Sookang Kim photographs small, ordinary things present in her everyday life—saucers, baskets, socks, as well as a series of traditional Korean wrapping cloths, bogaji’s. While the objects may appear insignificant; Kim frames these objects to create a dialogue between the viewer and the object via symmetry, balance and repetition and facilitates the object’s ability to express itself as though it were alive.
Kim utilizes the distinguishing gum bichromate process to print her photographs. Instead of silver salts, light sensitive watercolor pigments are applied to the paper and exposed one layer at a time. Each layer contains a different color, resulting in a painterly photographic object. Often, Kim will utilize up to 14 color layers that add density, saturation and an aura to the images, imbuing them with beauty, life and soul.
“My deliberate attention to things animates them with my own feelings, transforming them into my own small universe. I try to find and create another universe centered on the things I see. I want my mind to always be awake to perceive a more profound view of life than as it seems to be.”—Sookang Kim
Sookang Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1970 where she continues to live and work. She received her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute, New York in 1998.
Her work has most recently been exhibited in group shows at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2010, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, 2009 and two exhibitions at Sepia International, 2009. She has had solo exhibitions in Philadelphia in 2008 and in Seoul in 2008. In 2007, Gallery Kong published Sookang Kim: 1997-2006.