Artist Ilhwa Kim creates intricate mosaic works with thousands of hand-rolled and hand-dyed mulberry paper rolls or quills. The detailed works, which are often done on a large scale, have an exciting impact on the viewer as the small paper “seeds” can be “considered as microcosms within her larger cosmographies” – as the artist herself puts it. The South-Korean born Kim is acclaimed for her beautiful three-dimensional compositions, and throughout her career has found success and praise from art lovers and critics alike.
The detailed works, which are often done on a large scale, have an exciting impact on the viewer as the small paper “seeds” can be “considered as microcosms within her larger cosmographies”
Using hundreds or thousands of hand-rolled paper quills, Ilhwa Kim’s artworks are grand at first perception, yet the devil lies in the details
The extravagant works act as abstract landscapes, drawing the viewer closer to examine the beauty and charm in the details. On close inspection, the observer becomes blatantly conscious of the labor that has gone into the creation process of the large panels, while further out, the overall artistry becomes staggering. Kim’s latest exhibition Real Life Architecture explored “the liminal space between human perception of existence and the true state of reality, a body of abstract artworks representing true life without the limitations of senses”, and took place at The House Of Fine Art in London this past fall. The works below at from this showcase. To enjoy more of the artist’s work, follow her on Instagram.