Interview: Sunim Koh | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Sunim Koh

Interviews | February 6, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Sunim Koh

Interview: Sunim Koh
Luca Curci talks with Sunim Koh during BODYSPACES and MIXING IDENTITIES, first and second appointments of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Sunim Koh is an artist that specializes in painting. She currently lives in Seoul, South Korea where she was born and educated and she has a BA Degree (Fabric) from Kyeungsung University. To further her art studies, the artist went to London in 1988 where she studied Fine Art at the Byamshaw School of Art and City & Guilds at the London Art School from 1989 to 1994. Since 1990 to date Koh has been working both as a painter and part-time art teacher to the international and local communities and drawing for art & design students at Kyeungsong University in Korea. Her paintings have been exhibited on 28 solo and many shows in many countries such as Korea, the UK, the USA, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, France, China, Malaysia, UAE, Singapore, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Germany and Saudi Arabia etc. Due to her extensive travels and exposure to many different art forms the artist has many ideas and techniques upon which to build upon. Also, she has participated in several artist residency programs in other countries: 2019 KSA (King Abdul-Aziz Camel Festival), in Saudi Arabia; 2018 Atelierhaus Am Domagkpark in Munchen, Germany; 2018 “Atelierhaus am Domagkpark” in Munchen, Germany; 2016 BigCi in Australia; 2016 Kunstkvarteret Lofoten in Norway; 2014 Rud Air in Sweden; 2014 Compagnie Culture And Performance in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France and 2013 Abu Dhabi Art Hub, in UAE.

One of Sunim Koh’s main interests is the human movement which she has developed on a concrete level by analysis and interpretation through incessant life drawing. She does not wish, however, to represent the human body in a figurative way as she prefers to express the emotions and the hidden feelings of the subconscious through the linear rendering of the head, torso, arms and legs. She makes her voyage through the canvas with rhythm, pattern, colour and line and travels to a new world through a pictorial language. The artist’s personal sensibility brings forth this pilgrimage to canvas, nourished by the abstract, decorative, capricious, melancholy, musical, travel and self-educational themes. Her desire is to express both the warmth in our hearts on canvas and the efforts made by man to escape from the constraints of daily life, where freedom is confined by social conventions, environment, customs and traditions. She attempts to convey these feelings freely and instinctively in order that one can sense the same freedom as in the performance experienced in music, dance, drama, sports and even street art. Koh wishes to express artistic freedom through visual language.

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Image courtesy of Sunim Koh

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Sunim Koh –
I was born and educated art in Korea and further study art in UK. Due to my extensive travels and exposure to many different art forms that I have many ideas and techniques on which to build upon

LC – Which subject are you working on?
SK –
One of my main interests is in the human movement which I have developed on a concrete level by analysis and interpretation through incessant life drawing. I do not wish however, to represent the human body in a figurative way as I prefer to express the emotions and the hidden feelings or the subconscious through linear rendering of the head, torso, arms and legs.

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Image courtesy of Sunim Koh

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
SK –
I make my voyage through the canvas with rhythm, pattern, colour and line and travel to a new world through a pictorial language. My personal sensibility brings forth this pilgrimage to canvas, nourished by the abstract, decorative, capricious, melancholy, musical, travel and self-educational themes.

LC – How is your creative process?
SK –
My desire is to express both the warmth in our hearts on canvas and the efforts made by man to escape from the constraints of daily life, where freedom is confined by social conventions, environment, customs and traditions. I attempt to convey these feelings freely and instinctively in order that one can sense the same freedom as in the performance experienced in music, dance, drama, sports and even street art. I wish to express artistic freedom through a visual language.  

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Image courtesy of Sunim Koh

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event?How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
SK –
The body is a form shared by all of us and vessel that can contain our own experiences”, and this multi layered interpretation became an important starting point for this exhibition.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
SK –
I agreed you’re the theme of the exhibition.

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Image courtesy of Sunim Koh

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SK – Yes I do.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us? 
SK – Yes, I did. Looking forward to show my art works to different countries and people.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
SK – ITSLIQUID Group has many events which artists have many opportunities.

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Image courtesy of Sunim Koh

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