For artist Christine Kim, paper cutting is a direct line to mystery — and tension
Christine Kim uses drawing, erasing and cutting to make works about the spaces between people we cannot cross
This video is part of our new series Paper Cuts, in which you get to be hypnotized by artists doing incredible things with paper, scissors, glue sticks and X-Acto knives.
When Christine Kim was doing graduate studies in Victoria, B.C., she explains, it was important she be able to keep making art with something that was portable. She says, "The easiest thing that I could carry or I could buy there that's very portable is paper. And it just led to wall collages — it was just kind of a huge tornado of paper."
And that whirlwind of paper has continued to surround her work, which consists of illustration, sculptural forms made out of the material, and collages that combine her drawing with her cut paper work.
My artwork revolves around paper and all that paper can do.- Christine Kim
In the video above made by filmmakers Istoica, you 'll see Kim at work on a new piece. Starting with a figure, she erases, draws and slices intricate patterning out of paper to create an image that calls on the mysterious qualities that we never quite resolve about another person, even if we're in a relationship with them. She says, "I kind of like that tension and that mystery. The gap of not knowing is something that we kind of strive to overcome in relationships. There's always something lost in translation or things that you are unable to communicate just through words and gestures, and it's always that there's a gap."
When I begin, I start with a figure. Lately I've been either cutting into a figure or somehow erasing them or their identity. I kind of like that tension and that mystery.- Christine Kim