Ilhwa Kim


Ilhwa Kim's work 'Seed Universe' is composed of tens of thousands of seed units. Each seed unit has the combination of straight lines and circles, which compose a tiny single universe. The materials are created personally for the each single universe. Kim dyes each sheet of paper by hand with thousands of different colours and cuts and rolls the layers of paper to make it rigid. It gives her an emotional bonding to each single universe. Not a single universe has the same shape, look or colour in her work.


When tens of thousands of universes take ​the ​shape of the whole universe, it never stays still and keeps turning into another version​,​ as if the universe rolls slowly from one second to the next. The tactile universe pushes away the distinction between sculpture and painting; tenderly relaxed talk goes on​ ceaselessly​ between the sculptural weight and tactile painting quality.