박형섭 교수의 평론 (영어)
The aesthetic taste of Oksuk Kim is profound. The mixture of colors and lines coming from its delicate touch of brush forms a veritable alchemy. With the light impinging on it, an exquisite nuance is created. Kim has the talent to measure the effect that the light affects on the form. The intensity of the light is directly represented by the range and tone of colors. The impression arising from the canvas is in fact the artist's sentiment. The joy she feels during work is sublimated in her aesthetics. The painting conforms to the state of the artist's soul. When we let ourselves into her pictures, the flowers and the landscapes approach us with a conversation. The artist emerges from the traditional discourse in order to express the sense of beauty in her own way. She sees the universe as a synthesis of colors. In this sense, it can be said that Kim is a researcher of colors. The mix of oil painting and watercolor creates a unique tone and sensitivity. The floral perfume is diffused through the lines and colors of the finished work. The images of the canvas are carved into a reverie as if the reverberation of the flower fascinates the sense of fragrance.
Kim's favorite objects are flowers, birds, insects and natural landscapes. In particular the flowers that she paints are more realistic than real ones. As the poet is defined by his style, Kim is defined through her employment of techniques. Different languages such as layout and choice of materials, paint layers and touch of brush arrive at a beauty in totality. Hydrangeas and peonies dance in the breeze and gush their perfume. The object and the mind merge. The lyricism dominates and the artist becomes one with the flowers. Its support is mostly the Hanji. The unique texture of this material adds to the familiar beauty of the shape. Flowers and landscapes mean felicity here and now.
In her words: "Once I'm immersed in painting, I turn into flowers on my canvas. I draw the flowers and it is in fact me that I draw."
Kim develops her canvas by repeating her brush-feel, as if the flowers were blooming, on the paper-support created from the superimposed oriental papers. She focuses on how to rebuild the beauty and the universe into a whole. The stroke created by the oriental brush and ink has no limits, and a unique aesthetics follows its wake. Kim recreates the sublimity of nature in simple and sober colors. The artist's inner world echoes through color spectrums like the rhyme of a lyric poetry. Her brushes paint her soul and wisdom. The different colors complement each other and their bond sometimes means the love of lovers. The contrasting tones demonstrate the vibration and flow of emotions. The artist also places her ideas and hopes in this contrast.
Kim's work is layered with both realism and lyricism. One may call it literary or descriptive painting. We find in it the fundamentals of Baudelairian empathy. Nature eventually agrees with and follows the work when we patiently get to it with our own colors. Color is a poetic language that represents style and emotion. In the canvas one feels the artist's sensitivity. Art does not directly reveal or respond to the meaning of life or the existential anguish that we face. The only true source of creation is the inner necessity. Art is a path by which we can contemplate the life in all sincerity. What Kim brings forth to us in her paintings is the truth of life beyond the observable world and inexpressible in words.
Hyung-sub Park on Oksuk Kim
Translated from Korean and French by Minchul Kim