Lives and Works: Seoul
Hyeja Kim was born in 1970 and started to study fine art in 1997 after majoring in mathematics in Korea. Living in Korea , working based on Seoul and Berlin as professional artist since 2000. She has an BFA and MFA in Fine Art from Chung-Ang University and Hong-ik University, respectively.
She has had numerous solo exhibitions in Korea and throughout Germany, as well as participated in two artist residency programs in Germany. Her works are in the 'Artbank' collection of the National Modern Art Museum in Korea.
"In my attempt to search for the invisible energy of life I draw streets and arcades, places where things and crowds gather, all driven by a dynamic force to discover the significance of signs and neon lights. There is a potential craving on the part of the city to self-evolve with living phantoms, which are unable to exist without inciting endless desire.
I also want to express the progress made to find the essence of energy, changing its shape without focusing on any one particular point. It is the symbol of a modern city by emphasizing the absence as well as the similarity between the progress of a "life" born in the living city and the identity of a human being that continuously pursues something, adapting himself to the change of environment."
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