All artists have their own idiosyncrasies, little details that set them apart from the rest in the league. South Korean artist Kim Seola likes to deconstruct subjects to unravel their layers. “I often recall the metamorphosis of a caterpillar or the moulting of the skins of insects. My works also involve the intricate patterns that make up the skins of plant and animals, the camouflages that hold quiet deceptions and the delicate bloom of a flower,” explains the artist.
Seola’s latest collection of watercolour paintings are on display at the Sakshi Gallery in Colaba and feature similar sensibilities. Ask her what inspires her to come up with such ideas and translate them into her works, and she says that her history and personal experiences have a tremendous influence on the process. “For example, I recollect the experience of my home that burnt down in an accidental fire. This memory comes with many layers of observations — small incidental things that hold a consciousness of how things exist as you desire them, as well as the imprint that contains suggestive reminiscence of how things actually were.”
The exhibition, titled Momentary Sonorant, is Seola’s solo debut in India and she could not be more excited. “The wide history of Indian art creates an amazing panorama of learning for any visual artist, and this continues to be reflected even today. The access to a closer intimacy of engagement with the Indian art world has been influential in shaping my world of learning,” says Seola.
Catch the exhibition at Sakshi Gallery, Colaba, from 11 am to 7 pm.