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Unfriendly Current

Jihee Kim

Seoul, b.1983


Gouache on donated book

24.8 x 41.4 cm
9.8 x 16.3 inches

Courtesy of the artist
Image provided by SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul


Jihee Kim is interested in the relationship between ‘text and image’ and she has been exploring her drawings by using abandoned books.

The books Kim normally uses as her sketchbooks are from the cities in which they were donated. This project began by selecting a certain sentence or word from the book. She creates automatic drawings that expand like dominos—her thoughts, memories, and experiences are the starting point that conjure up her imagery.

Literature provides her with infinite sources to extract a multitude of ideas. The question of what she should draw pulls in completely unexpected images at times.