Woomin Kim | Fall 2018 Visual Artist Resident PDF Print E-mail

Woomin Kim
Fall 2018 Visual Artist Resident
September 10–December 21, 2018

Woomin Kim creates landscapes of urban anthropology using donated objects from local residents. Her recent projects have included building a large scale loom and using it to weave together locally collected objects, and weaving jewelry from antique stores with wool, both indicative of her interest in our interactions with the objects, materials and products that make up contemporary material culture.

Woomin Kim, Urban Nest
Woomin Kim, Urban Nest: Greater Boston woods, found fibers from Greater Boston area, 2017

At BCA, Kim plans to develop a new installation that will involve building several freestanding frames based on the structure of the tapestry loom. After collecting sweaters from members of the community, she will unravel the threads and tie the strings vertically to the frame as warps. She will then collect old jewelry, fabric and small accessories from local individuals, and weave them into the frame as well. The finished fabrics will stay mounted in the original frame like standing banners containing abstract images made from various materials and fabrics.

Kim proposes two public programs connected with the residency. One will be “Unraveling Sweater Day” and the other will be “Tying Objects Day.” On “Unraveling Sweater Day,” participants will be invited to bring old sweaters to BCA and work together to unravel them into bundles of yarn. Each sweater, unraveled yarn and story of the sweater will be documented and included in the project archive. The yarn will be tied vertically on the frame. On “Tying Objects Day,” the artist will install strings in a public setting, and participants will be invited to hang objects of their choice on the string. When the strings are packed with small objects, they will be used as wefts for the final weaving.



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