Joon Hee Kim
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts 2016
Joon's work narrates life and death. Objects are made from funeral urns, reliquaries, and church items. Each piece is a contemporary object of record and communication conveying new narrative of personal moments. Reflecting on the persevering burden of human relationships, behaviours, and emotions, the collective anecdote representing standard and mysterious aspects of life.
Rather than artists or practitioners, Joon is more influenced by places such as cemeteries, architecture, and monumental statues. Most directly by Highgate Cemetary and its various monuments of the buried celebrities and public figures. The cemetary also features numerous motifs of classical styles and decoration stretched beyond the traditional function and imagination of the viewer.
Awards and residencies:
The Graduate Art Prize from Herbert Smith Freehills, London (shortlisted) 2016; Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Award, Craft Ontario Council, Toronto, Canada 2016; Juried Exhibition 21st San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, Texas, USA (shortlisted) 2016; Ceramics - Sculpture Student, Niche Awards from Niche Magazine, USA (Finalist); Canadian Craft Biennial 2017 - One of Six Selected Artist Residencies, Burlington, Canada, 2017; Open Studio Residence, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, USA, 2017; Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Residence, Shigaraki, Japan, 2018; Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award, Craft Ontario Council, Canada; Best of Craft and Design, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Canada; Craft Ontario '17 Juried Member Exhibition Award of Excellence, Craft Ontario Council, Canada; Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition, Art Gallery of Burlington, Canada
"My work demonstrates fascination and pleasure in the act of making and craft. As transdisciplinary practice, combination of contradicting elements are laid out to observe traditional and modern, and life and death, navigating into culture’s contradictions and transformation of object into new visual language and a relevant tool to measure human existence and absence. "