What a wonderful sculpture made of branches
The captivating figurative artworks by South Korean artist Sun-Hyuk Kim shoot into the air like trees. He creates surreal images of people and faces that are combined with expanding limbs using metal. The human body is shaped and filled with sprigs by the different directions that these extending tendrils extend.
According to Kim, “[My art] reflects the existence of humans.” The emphasis is on the imperfect human being rather than the human being as a great individual. The COVID-19 informs his creative output. “The epidemic of 2020 has unequivocally demonstrated how frail human life is. To illustrate this, I employ metaphors involving things, creatures, and plants.
These limbs outline a human personality and torso, but they do not give the individual a solid form. Rather, the twigs disperse throughout the body like veins and capillaries, leaving empty spaces. The artwork is tense due to this insufficiency because it gives the impression that more root growth is anticipated. The viewer sees a figure in development rather than a “successful” creature.
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Using metal, South Korean artist Sun-Hyuk Kim fashions captivating figurative artworks.