South Bay- Wall One
Jessica Jihea Kim
Jessica Jihea Kim Artist Statement
I grew up in Seoul and currently live and work in Boston, Massachusetts, and New York. In my work, I attempt
to recognize my hidden character, enhance understanding of my reality, and express my interpretations of the
world around me. My paintings seek to provide a sense of calm through the abstraction of radiating light.
Many of us spend time fixated on the idea of ‘being healed’ by exploring a hobby, or by finding something or
someone that they are drawn to. I use paintings as a means of expressing myself and of self-knowledge. My
paintings are crafted with the intention of providing a sense of calm through including abstractions of
radiating light as a signifier of the generalized human experience of beauty. The definition of beauty of course
varies from individual to individual, as does the kinds of things that help with healing. I believe there is a
general sense of beauty and/or the sublime in natural experience, particularly when alluding to the undersea
My paintings focus on natural phenomenon we experience ranging from flowers in bloom to organic life at the
bottom of the ocean. My abstractions are completed in the mind of the viewer, triggering their memory of past
The subtle movement of the canvas and the viewer's ever changing perspective transformed as they move
through and around the installation simulates the actual experience of being in a garden or under the sea,
unlike a 21st-century virtual experience of the same or the type of limited static experience when viewing a
traditional abstraction like Monet’s water lilies.
I draw upon the happy nature in my inner world and the 'nature of imagination' in a comfortable manner. I
want to create the scene that comes to mind without physically being in front of nature. My work can be
sculpture or painting. My works titled 'Garden' and 'Ocean' are living things. The artwork seeks to provoke a
major encounter. I want to create a work that does not have a limit that is one-dimensional and twodimensional.
The composition of the substance of the work does not change at all, only its state changes the
The definition of beauty varies from person to person, as does what triggers healing, yet we all share a general
sense of the possibility for sublime experiences of nature. Building on my admiration for Impressionist
painters, I believe that artistic representations of nature can comfort and heal the heart. By creating a body of
paintings that foster self-discovery, I hope to capture the joyful mood and momentary feelings I experience in
nature in a way that is accessible to viewers.