1993 Born in Republic of Korea 2018 B.F.A / Printmaking, College of Fine Arts and B.A / Art Studies, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea (Double Major) 2018~ Attending master’s degree in Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
1.In a word, what kind of artists are you?
– Copper-plate printmaking artist.
2. What is the most important thing when you create a work?
-When I select a subject, I am trying to convey my emotion not only a subject. I would like to convey emotion through a subject with atmosphere in my work.
3. About art, which one is important? visual or concept?
-I think visualization is the most important thing in visual art. When an art work does not get enough sympathy from audience, I think it cannot perform its function as a visual art. I think ultimate goal of artists is to express a good concept in attractive way so that the artist can persuade the audience through visualization.
4. what do you think ‘Art’ is?
-The human instinct to create something, as in the constant pursuit of life.
5. How did you become an artist?
-I consider my work as the record of my life. Therefore, I create my work as if I write a diary. Creating art works is same as proving the meaning of my existence so I think that is why I became an artist. These thoughts are also connected to the main theme of my art work. I think the joy of being an artist is because it is possible to turn intense concerns for life into an object.
6. Do you have any artists whom you respect?
-Edward Hopper, Gerhard Richter, Tadayoshi Nakabayashi and Do Ho Suh.
7. What is the happiest thing in your career and what is the hardest thing?
-I am very pleasured when get recognized by people who love my works. On the contrary, I always feel like I am going different way to my friends who are not an artist. Sometimes it makes me sad because I feel like I am living in the different time to the standardized time by society demand.
8. Who do you want to show your work to?
-A person who prefers night to day and a person who loves time alone. Somehow, I think this type of person would sympathize with my work.
9. Could you tell us one of your dreams and plans to be achieved within five years?
– I am thinking about the direction of my works, and trying to make a change. I am not sure what I am going to be like in five years, but hopefully to be grown so that I can be satisfied.
10. Is there any concept you don’t prefer or want to avoid?
– I don’t like a direct concept which is easy to read an artist’s intention. I would avoid simple and direct expression in which images and meanings correspond by 1:1 as symbols. I prefer a work that can be interpreted from various view, as if a poem. Thus, I am trying to make metaphoric work like a poem.
11. What do you do when you make a mistake on you work during a process? How you deal with the situation when the finished work is totally different from your original plan?
– Mezzotint engraving is a very hard job when it comes to a mistake. It is hard to back to the previous stage if you make a mistake. Therefore, when I make a mistake, I use it to draw another image. I make the best of mistakes.
12. What was the very first work in your life? Could you tell us the story?
Rather than saying the very first work in my life, it is the story about my first print work. I was very shocked when I learnt woodcut in my high school. Compare to painting, printmaking is an indirect genre using medium board made of stone, wood, copper and also a press machine. At that time, I was very interested in the characteristic of the medium. Eventually, this interest linked to my decision to study printmaking. I thought that I want to explore the genre “printmaking” to use as an expression tool more than a technique.
13. What is your strong point as an artist?
– As I majored printmaking, I have skills as a technician, and sensitivity as an artist. I think these two things are my strong points.
14. If there is an opportunity to choose between having an exhibition and selling art work, which one would you prefer more? Why?
– Currently, I would love to have more chances for an exhibition. It is been one and half year of being an artist after I graduated college. Therefore, I would love to let people know my art works through various ways. I would like to have more opportunities for having an exhibition not only in Korea but also in Japan.
15. When you’re using unfamiliar art materials such as new brand, does it affect your work? If you have an experience that new materials affected your work, so do you prefer familiar materials? such as a specific brand?
– At the first time, when I arrived to Japan, I couldn’t find the material that I used to. I have always preferred the ink by “GRAPHIC CHEMICAL” since it is helpful to express the color black deeply. However, since it became hard to get the product in Japan, I currently use the mixed ink between “CHARBONNEL” and “GRAPHIC CHEMICAL”. As for printmaking, technique is one of most important things. Accordingly, finding and using materials that fit you have impact on your work.
Kim Jihye is an artist who believes memories are much more beautiful than realities. Her work is about memories of the Eternal Time and Space. She is specialized in copper plate printmaking through Mezzotint and etching and currently attending at Master course at Tokyo University of the Arts.
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Interview by Jeongeun Jo
Jeongeun Jo is from Korea now living in Japan. She is one of the member of TRiCERA who graduated from Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA/ Geidai). She is also working as an artist herself.