YoonJung Kim

is Artist in Residence from April 4 until June 30, 2016. 

Artists’ statement
Born in Japan, YoonJung Kim completed her MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art and is currently based in Korea. Her practice attempts a form of research into ideas about agency and artistic process using materials that have a ubiquitous and functional quality. She has exhibited internationally with recent shows in Canada and Germany.


Project at studio das weiss haus

What project are you working on whilst in Vienna?
Before coming to Vienna, I made four (smock) dresses that I would wear during my residency here: a brown dress specifically for going to museums and three white dresses specifically for making three pieces of work. As my work has developed here I have embroidered each dress with information and/or symbols related to the activity for which they are intended. Taking visits to the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien and the Technisches Museum Wien was my starting point. I became particularly interested in the work of Friedrich Mohs, a mineralogist who invented the Mohs hardness scale. I bought mineral samples from the museum gift shop. I have been grinding,sanding and polishing by hand two mineral samples, calcite and quartz, into spheres. There will be an hour long demonstration where I will perform this work on the open studio on June 24.

How do residencies fit in or with your artistic practice?
In the last four years I have been fortunate enough to participate in several residence programmes, and I have found them to be invaluable in the development of my practice. As an emerging artist, the access to studio space along with the focused time that a residency allows are both really important to me. Beyond that, the influences I can see in my work relate directly to where I am physically present – buying materials, looking around and working in new spaces really defines my practice.