In the ethereal portraits of the Toronto-based artist, obscured faces peer through the tangle of leaves and stems Christine Kim. Her mixed media collages overlay structured graphite gradients and net-like cutouts to create fragmented representations of her motifs. “’Fragmentary’ is a word that I keep coming back to because I think portraits are an act of capturing the shimmer of a person,” she tells Colossal. “I like the idea of not being able to see everything. Several layers partially hide the pattern of the foliage, (which) also act as a kind of protection. “
For each work, Kim first illustrates a single figure – the subjects shown here are the models Yuka Mannami and Hoyeon Jung – and then digitally draws a corresponding botanical pattern. These motifs are cut with the help of a Silhouette Cameo machine before they are built up sheet by sheet. Graceful and sometimes surreal, the resulting portraits show fragments of faces and hands that are duplicated or filtered through colorful nets.
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