A kitchen desk, countertop, or cluttered desk are all possible spots to come across a bit by South Korean artist Yoonmi Nam. Encompassing ceramic sculptures and sparse lithographs, Nam’s physique of labor evokes “an ever-present, but at all times altering nonetheless life,” one which shows the ever present objects of her on a regular basis in additional everlasting kinds. A deep properly to carry a bouquet carves out a stack of porcelain take-out containers, minimal prints depict a leafy department resting in a fast-food cup, and splayed sketchbooks are lined with graph paper-style inlays that seem punctured, leaving frayed ends and stray strains.
Nam’s material, whether or not a disposable container or pocket book with a cracked cowl, at all times has a restricted lifespan, a recurring theme that tethers every of the works to questions on ephemerality and worth. The artist elaborates in a statement:
I’m drawn to man-made areas and objects that we encompass ourselves with, particularly after they subtly recommend a contradicting sense of time that appears each short-term and lasting. Within the organized flower imagery, the flowers, as soon as minimize from their roots, have solely a brief remaining time to reside. They are going to shortly wither and die, however earlier than they do, they’re elegantly and elaborately organized, as if time will stand nonetheless for them. The containers that maintain them are disposable objects, similar to a yogurt cup, a Styrofoam take-out field, and an prompt noodle bowl. These throwaway objects and minimize flowers interact in a dialogue that speaks about impermanence and persistence.
Nam has just a few ceramic items and lithographs out there from Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, and a few of her new supply box-inspired sculptures are on view as a part of 2021 Kansas Metropolis Flatfile + Digitalfile, which runs via October 14 on the Kansas City Art Institute. You can also discover a bigger collection of her works on Instagram.
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