Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2018
Gunyoung Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics from Kook-Min University in Korea in 2010 and her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2014 where she developed her studio practice and gained teaching experience. After graduate school, Gunyoung completed long-term and short-term residencies at different places including Lawrence Art Center in Kansas, Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT and Red lodge clay center in Red lodge MT. She has exhibited her work and taught work-shops both nationally and internationally. She recently relocated to Massachusetts and working as a full time artist.
Complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity comes from vulnerability of the human psyche with all its imperfections has been main idea of my sculpture. and I’m interested in putting these ideas into physical forms emphasizing them through placement and tactile manipulation.
In my newest project “My burden”, I’ve expanded my work to include animals and flowers. I was inspired by Christianity which emphasizes beauty in pain. This duality is part of a more universal human experience. “Hardship and pain never go away, but remain a part of us—they somehow harden and become beautiful.” I use ceramic flowers as a metaphor of this relationship.