In this original work painted exclusively for this edition, a figure is depicted repetitively in mid-stride, with one hand clutching flowers while the other shades its brow. The form of the work is evocative of the Victorian-era phenakistoscope, a device used to conjure illusions of moving image.
Cindy Ji Hye Kim’s nod to this mechanism invites a deeper dive into the realm of the uncanny. While the figure on the disc is intended to flow seamlessly in motion, in stillness they appear as fragmented frames of halted moments. The notion of “rigor mortis” fits poignantly, suggesting a transformation from what was once vibrant to something eerily motionless.
About the artist
Cindy Ji Hye Kim (b. 1990, Incheon, South Korea) received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and a M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art in 2016. Her work has been featured in solo presentations at Casey Kaplan, New York; Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; and François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles. Kim has been awarded residencies from The Banff Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, Grin City Collective, and Salem Art Works. Cindy Ji Hye Kim currently lives and works in Bronx, NY, USA.