Vibrant Lines of Paper Twist and Surge Through Ilhwa Kim’s Dynamic Landscapes

Meandering rows of flat paper seeds flow through Ilhwa Kim’s landscapes, creating densely lined paths among the abstract expanses. The South Korean artist (previously) rolls tight wads of Hanji paper, which she’s dyed primarily in greens and blues with occasional pinks and yellows, and binds the individual components in a rectangular form. Variances between the slim, tall seeds and the short, wider pieces add texture and depth to the aerial-inspired works that appear to look down at a settlement or pastoral scene from above.

Image © Ilhwa Kim “Low Altitude Flight” (2023), hand-dyed Hanji paper, 192 x 224 x 13 centimeters

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