Woomin Kim

2022 Aim Fellow

Biography

I make quilts and textile installations that describe important and personal landscapes and objects.

Shijang Project is a series of large quilts that is inspired by street markets common in Korea. Each quilt depicts a vendor, such as a fish market, hardware store, shoe store, etc. Installed, the quilts hang all together right next to each other, in the middle of the space, reenacting the vibrancy and lively energy of an actual market. The installation offers a narrative of Korean and Asian marketplaces that is colorful, vibrant and celebrative; opposing the romantic and xenophobic Western version of them.

Recent textiles show a food table of my family’s ancestral ritual, stores and houses in Queens, NY, Buddha’s birthday lantern festivals and my high-school classroom. The non-linear references are collected from my memories of Korea, where I am from, and my observations of Queens, where I live now. Through the depiction of these moments of my life, I hope to empower unique and particular stories of individuals like me and reject the existing narratives of Asians and immigrants that are often inaccurately categorized, flattened and homogenized.

Artist Statement

I make quilts and textile installations that describe important and personal landscapes and objects.

Shijang Project is a series of large quilts that is inspired by street markets common in Korea. Each quilt depicts a vendor, such as a fish market, hardware store, shoe store, etc. Installed, the quilts hang all together right next to each other, in the middle of the space, reenacting the vibrancy and lively energy of an actual market. The installation offers a narrative of Korean and Asian marketplaces that is colorful, vibrant and celebrative; opposing the romantic and xenophobic Western version of them.

Recent textiles show a food table of my family’s ancestral ritual, stores and houses in Queens, NY, Buddha’s birthday lantern festivals and my high-school classroom. The non-linear references are collected from my memories of Korea, where I am from, and my observations of Queens, where I live now. Through the depiction of these moments of my life, I hope to empower unique and particular stories of individuals like me and reject the existing narratives of Asians and immigrants that are often inaccurately categorized, flattened and homogenized.

Gomulsang, 2022
Jesa, 2021
Shijang: Bunsik, 2021
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