So Young Kim (b.1991 in Seoul, South Korea) is an artist based in Singapore and South Korea. She holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Loughborough University, UK (2013) and is currently enrolled in the MA Painting programme at the Royal College of Art (2020-2022). Kim’s art education has been thorough across all disciplines. Initially when in Korea her practice was skill-driven, and the training formal. As she moved onto Singapore, and later the UK, she aimed to move away from this ordered approach. Kim did not want to depict anything that was recognisable and moved entirely into the realm of abstraction.
Kim has exhibited her work extensively since 2011 and it has been collected in both Singapore and Korea. The exhibition ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ (Seoul, 2018) was of significant importance for Kim. It was there that she met a senior sculptor who had graduated from the Royal College of Art. Taking part in this exhibition provided Kim with the invaluable opportunity to spend time with other artists and critique work in the process of curation. Kim enrolled on her MA course and since her work has been exhibited internationally, the most recent exhibitions include (STARTArt Fair, Saatchi Gallery London, UK 2022), Her works are widely collected internationally mainly in Europe, the US, the UK, South Korea, South Africa, Lebanon, and Singapore.
SO YOUNG KIM
THINGS LIKE IMAGE IMAGE LIKE THINGS
Things like Image. Image like Things is an exhibition of paintings by artist So Young Kim. Whilst her creative process is one of symbiosis, and each stage of development produces outcomes of significant importance, this demonstration of works showcases her 2-dimensional conclusions. They are conclusive in that here, on canvas, her subjects take a somewhat lasting and static form. Yet, they are rid of the associations they once adopted as physical things in real space. Prior to translating them onto canvas, Kim digitally abstracted the objects through editing scale, deleting, and distorting. As they now assume an entirely transformed “aura,” one may not recognise that initially these forms were singular pieces of debris and random objects collected by the artist.