Wonsook Kim (b.1950 | Korean) is a Korean artist who moved to America in 1972 and has since expanded and developed her practice to cover the varying media of painting, drawing, print, and sculpture. Her work resembles suggestive and poetic diary entries in a dreamlike, symbolic landscape. Mastery of line is at play, complemented by the delicate use of shadow and pattern. Figure and ground are often diffused, serving to enhance the imposition of an oblique narrative in the work.
Through her paintings, Kim engages her audience in visual storytelling. She began to develop her interest in becoming a professional artist in high school.
“Art is about communication. Many times, the communication I feel from pieces is very destructive. We all know how hard life is and how the things we see don’t make sense. But that’s Life 101. What you say about it, where you go with it, is where the interest lies. Something beautiful, worthwhile to share, images you didn’t think about before or giving people a different perception – that is what I’m interested in. So I paint sadness and happiness, the kind of place that is unspoken yet spoken, unexplainable but expressible,” says Wonsook Kim, who was recognized as Artist of the Year in 1995 by the United Nations.