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Working primarily in mixed media, Christine Kim creates intricate paper cuttings and drawings, carving away the boundaries between drawing, sculpture, collage, and installation. She lives and works in Toronto. 


lace, skulls, and paper orbs.

christine kim

in the midst of figuring it out for these two figures. I'm scaling back my ambitions for the Artist Project. I'm rethinking the design of the booth to be less of a minimalist gallery space and more of a curated studio space. I'm looking around my studio and wondering if I could simply curate some of the objects and sculptures I have here already. Cut paper pieces sometimes don't make it to the final composition and I'm left with scraps of strange things I might use later: flies' wings, staircases, fire escapes, plants, and damask patterns. So this weekend I'm going to take inventory and sort it all out... sketch out a new exhibition plan.

I'm also thinking ahead to the solo show at Graven Feather Gallery... not sure if I'll have time to do a whole new body of work... it might be a mix of old and new... but all made this year!

I just submitted an application for the Installation Zone at the Artist Project too. Below are some mock ups of my idea, and here's the write up. Wish me luck. I'll find out in two weeks' time.

“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing” – T.S. Eliot

We look up at the night sky and search for stars. These are the bright orbs in which we place our faith – to track celestial movements, to measure our lives in days, months, and years, and most importantly, to string narratives on these stars in order to tell stories. Inside the white booth, these paper orbs cast intricate star-like shadows and remind the viewers of a forest canopy. I would like to explore the relationship between light, patterns, and shadows.

Inside the booth, intricately cut black paper orbs will hover above the viewers’ heads. Crawling up along the walls, the paper sculptures will accumulate into a cluster of black intersections – making web-like formations – only to disperse and scatter along the edges of the room. At the entrance, there will be two assistants distributing flashlights for visitors to view the installation. I want to invite the public to enter this space with the wonder and excitement of a discovery. With the movement of the flashlights, the shadows from the paper orbs will dance. The viewers become participants. I want to remind the viewers of nights spent camping outside and looking up at the night sky. There are stars here too – small perforations inside the darkness and the shadows.