Gunyoung Kim

Artist Statement

I always attempt to investigate different narrative aspects of the figure and displays so as not to represent on a singular moment but to make space for a mysterious and changeable reading. My work is like a poetry. Sentences in a poem are simple but not clear and the logic of a poem often relies on the meaning in between the words, rather than the words themselves. Like a poem, my work's meaning is not always clear, but many things may be implied in different ways. Our reactions to the world we find ourselves in are so multi-layered that we sometimes don't even understand our own emotional states and feelings. In my work I create ambiguous and subtle emotional cues through small gestures and facial expressions that captures a psychological aspect of our daily encounters. This complexity and ambiguity comes from vulnerability of the human psyche with all its imperfections, and I'm interested in putting these ideas into physical forms emphasizing them through placement and tactile manipulation.

-- Gunyoung Kim


Gunyoung Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics from Kook-Min University in Korea in 2010 and her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2014 where she developed her studio practice and gained teaching experience. After graduate school, Gunyoung was the long-term ceramic artist-in-residence at Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas. She recently completed a short-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT.