GRACE EUNSHIN KIM Canada / Korea

Born in Seoul and currently based in Canada, Grace Eunshin Kim’s work is highly influenced by the divine images of the 13th-15th century European Renaissance paintings.

 

Kim is a master of suspence, transporting us into static yet historical dimension where her figures are often depicted in a state of solemn contemplation, almost hesitant about taking their next action and revealing a perpetual inner conflict. The tension and the inclination of Grace Eunshin Kim's populated scenarios represent the constant search for happiness. In the portrayal of Kim's stories, the balance of happiness is consumed between the desire to act and the instant before. Recalling the moment in which Eve's hand leans over to reach the forbidden fruit, in the hope of complete happiness and knowledge of all similarly, in the characters portrayed by Grace, happiness is displayed along with the hope for more but fear of losing the desired pursuit.