The spiritual dimension is surfacing increasingly in his work
Wanjin Gim is a Korean artist whose unique style explores the complexities and intricacies of the human body. His near-translucent figures exude life through their musculature and vascularity. Despite their clear physical strength, they seem so real that their fragility shines through. He uses all the shades that human skin can have, evoking an elegant sensuality.
The body parts seem to be reaching out for something. Perhaps a hand, or perhaps a place. Their subtle delicacy, despite their remarkable liveliness, seems as close to death as they are to birth. The gut-wrenching expressions that tear across their faces scream out in pain – either physical or emotional. The lack of background puts them in a floating space of purgatory.
The recent works are a perfect match between conceptual and abstract.