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Natural Scenery_Mixed Media_181.8 x 227.3 cm_2010


On the whole, Kim Ja Yeon's paintings are not only drenched with uplifting rhythm and brilliant colors, but also emit rays of wellness and vitality as if to have slurped up an abundance of sun light. Bright Spring-like colors blow across the surface that is as light as a butterflying touching down on a flower petal. As the heart beats and flutters when facing the palpitating breath of nature, Kim's works hold the kind of romance that comes from having experienced nature. It can be called a type of 'visual journey into nature' and such has been the artist's theme of excavation for a long time.

The images that appeared in Kim's earlier works were limited to plant leaves, stems and tree branches. But recently being captured in her work are special issues in which detailed nature motif has been dissolved. Images of nature that appeared in the past are developing into 'saturated colors' and 'bright playfulness.' As can be seen, all sorts of colors entangle and bustle on the surface, different from when colors would emphasize the beauty in the empty background. To Kim, color signifies the pulse of life. It shows life reaching its zenith as if nature greets Spring and slowly wakes up, stretching. At times, there is an overflow of color that is difficult to handle, but this can be seen as an intention to express an abundant inner space.

Another interesting component of her recent works is the richly playful rhythmic drawings. What makes up the works are color language as well as charming drawings. Each drawing is holding an individual 'expression' without any constraint. It is said that art germinates from a playful drive. Like a child scribbles across the paper with crayons, the artist leaves his trace with a brush and charcoal. However, that doesn't mean being complex and having no order like some subconscious automatic drawing practice. The artist carefully considers the context of the space and throws the right 'scribble' at the right place.

Natural Scenery-Blue Sky_Mixed Media _181.8 x 181.8 cm_2010



Fundamentally, Kim's works lean to listen to the 'sound of life.' What is referred to as listening to the sound of life is the state of awakening the silence, giving light to darkness, bonding and breathing with all beautiful things of nature. They are also the reason why Kim values capturing that 'sound of life.'

The artist perceives the surface as a vessel in which to capture the 'sound of life.' The paper of Kim's works have a fixed thickness, and the artist treats the same surface with rough texture and induces depth by showing hints of the base colors. In comparison, painting the top coat is relatively simple. If the base is like the root that has dug deep into the ground to absorb nutrients, then the surface is like the tree trunk and leaves that feed off the roots to stretch out wide. In such a way, the background plays an essential role in Kim's work.

Natural Scenery-Buds_Mixed Media_116.8 x 91 cm _2010



To the artist, painting is like the record that holds the sound of life. Changing into different colors every season as well as offering peace and freedom, nature is truly a subject of our utmost gratitude. If Kim didn't bond and breathe with nature herself, she wouldn't have been able to depict the breath of nature in such a refreshing manner. To sum up, Kim's works lean to hear the flow of life. Art is what consumes moisture from the abundant emotional reverberation in nature, and is ultimately cultivated under one of God's richest blessings, the sun light. Looking at the brilliant nature spread out before the eyes, we're all bound to turn into a poet.

SEO Seongrok (President of Korean Art Critics Association)

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