Juree Kim is an artist who has a keen interest in our ever changing, and sometimes disappearing physical environment. Kim offers medium-specific and time-based installations to describe sensational scenes captured in our daily lives in order to give the space a utopian dimension.
The Architectural Series is about the disappearance of architecture and urban features of the 1970s and 1980s affected largely by capitalism. The buildings are reproduced with “soil”, which are then gradually broken down by artificially pouring water on the work. The Architectural Series symbolises the compression of modernity, and it brings out the essence of the historically by facing up to the power of nature. The series is based on the rhythm between moment and eternity, soil and water, and between construction and demolition.
Water is an important element in Kim’s works. Water as a natural substance is the destroyer and at the same time activates her works. Soil and water become a single body in Kim’s work; water is a double-faced actor: a symbol of life and death that ultimately completes the work.
One of the Architectural Series is Hwigyeong Project, which reveals painstaking craftsmanship within the raw clay facsimiles, and an ability to arrest the viewer through the time-based destruction of the work. Hwigyeong Project is a direct observation of East Seoul where many communities have been displaced due to gentrification.
Juree recently took part in a residency as part of the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent. During this residency Kim was drawn to the numerous ceramics factories which have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair, more specifically the former Falcon Ceramics Factory. This building went up for sale with the hope that it would be bought, tidied up and made into flats. Juree Kim’s residency in Stoke-on-Trent has extended her explorations into architectural heritage and issues surrounding urban regeneration. After producing a clay model of the factory it was ‘activated’ in a performance on the opening evening of the Biennial. These destructive gestures return hours of meticulous craft back into a pulp of raw material, questioning issues surrounding the value of built heritage and preservation.
If you would like to meet Juree and hear about her work and residency at the V&A come to one of her Open Studios. Juree is in residence with fellow ceramicist Neil Brownsword as the V&A Korea UK Ceramic Residents.
Supported by the Korean Cultural Centre UK
Additional support provided by Samsung