Seoul-based artist Ilhwa Kim hand-dyes, cuts, and rolls thousands of individual sheets of Korean mulberry paper to form vibrant, three-dimensional works of art bursting with striking patterns and imagery. The rigid layers of paper, which she calls “seeds,” are carefully arranged according to color so that, when seen from afar, the viewer spots subtle impressions of eyes, hearts, human figures, and more in Kim’s densely packed images.
There’s a intriguing, sculptural quality to the artist’s work, evident in the rise and fall of the individual “seed” units as they push and pull against each other in the tight space. When viewed from different angles and distances, each piece transforms in a constantly shifting wave of texture, dimensions, depth, and color. As Kim says, “The surface and sense of the work keep changing from morning to night all day long.”