*featured photo: Vexillum 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2019. Thread and wood, 14 x 7 in, copyright Bumin Kim
Bumin Kim is an artist from South Korea, born in 1982; she graduated from Kyungsung University, Busan, South Korea, and received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, in 2015.
Bumin Kim abandons the two-dimensional restrictions that painting imposes by creating evocative textile paintings in which thread is used as an alternative to paint, constructing solid, vibrant forms that give rise to material, minimalist landscapes.
Kim’s paintings’ fluid and apparently simple forms are actually the results of a laborious manipulation of the textile material, through which the artist explores the nature of the line and the potential it offers; in an experimental process, Kim probes the limits of the material and the power of her own intuitions.
Intense colour hues and bold nuances emerge from the thorough mixing and overlapping of multi-coloured threads, creating delicate interplays of light and shade that speak of nostalgia and memory. Nature’s powerful energies with its changes in shape and colour, the landscape’s chromatic transitions with the changing seasons and light are her initial ideas, the artist’s source of inspiration and the trigger for each new project.
In 2017 Kim was a recipient of the 30th annual international competition and exhibition, Materials: Hard+Soft. Various institutions have shown her work, including Pulse Art Fair in Miami, FL; Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, TX; Art Aspen in Aspen, CO; and the Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston, TX. In addition, Kim’s work can be found in public and private collections in the US and Europe. In 2020, Bumin Kim completed an art residency at Facebook’s headquarters in Austin, Texas.
The pictures are copyrighted and taken from the artist’s website.