Kim Hyunji is an artist working predominantly with painting from South Korea, currently based in Melbourne. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Curtin University in 2014.
Recognising Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity, Kim’s main subjects are the culturally attuned creatives of her generation, the Millennials.
Through painting Kim explores her generation and the role social media plays in the construction and portrayal of identity. Her paintings reference the processes of social media photography through their use of high contrast and the inclusion of reflective and transparent materials.
Exhibitions by Kim Hyunji
2017, Mirror Stage
Recognising Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity, Hyunji's main subjects are the culturally attuned creatives of her generation, the Millennials. In real life and social media, she often observes the impacts of a globalised society - its conveniences, and pitfalls. Her unique style of portraiture is intended to portray the issues this generation is facing.
Her accurate yet expressive style embraces figural distortion to capture the internal reality of her subjects with the outward reality of their postures. In this exhibition, Kim Hyunji evokes feelings of her generation; alienation, angst, and perhaps hope of a brighter future. Hyunji is primarily interested in how social media can be used to create a persona. The internet offers us many tools in how we present our virtual presence to others, making the self-curation of our lives increasingly accessible.
“Social media can be useful for those wishing to write a particular narrative vision of themselves.”
- Kim Hyunji
Hyunji’s work investigates the cause and effects of curated self-presentation, and how it may be empowering, misleading, or influential. She calls to question what may get left behind after careful thought of self-image and is concerned with what may remain hidden or deemed unfit for external projections of character.
In collaboration with her models, Hyunji has created a stunning vignette into the lives of her peers, on canvas, acrylic and paper, beyond the self-curated images projected via social media.