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Current Show - Merion Hall

"Quantum One"
Paintings by Sky Kim

February 16 - March 27, 2015
Reception: Thursday, February 19, 6-8 pm


Sky Kim’s drawings, paintings, and installations are full of palpable tensions and despite the abstract nature of her style, viewers come to relate to each piece in a subconscious way; her forms as flowing yet stagnant, comforting yet disturbing, and loud yet quiet.  Kim has described her work as “vaguely sensual, obsessively organic, and oddly alive”.  Her pieces are largely influenced by the loss of her twin sister at birth; they act as a remembrance of her while also serving as a link between the two sisters who never had the opportunity to meet.  However, Kim says that it is not necessary to know her personal story to be able to connect with her pieces; she wants them to be dependent on their own emotions and personal stories that are drawn out through her art.

All of Kim’s works are labor-intensive and meticulously constructed, allowing the viewer the opportunity to get lost in them.  Her works are as much abstract as they are a testament to her personal time, space, and emotion she feels during each moment of their creation.  She says her creative process comes out of the noise that resonates from within her inner self as well as the stillness that comes in its wake. 

Kim often turns to depicting circles in her art because of her philosophical belief in reincarnation.  She says the circle and repetition of line contained within them, represent the wheel of life which is constantly turning from life to life as time goes on.  These circles are overflowing with energy with no sign of beginning or end; when the eye travels through the piece it inevitably comes back to the place it started, just like, according to Kim, our life process goes in the principle of Yin and Yang.


~ Kathryn Carter 2015

Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant




Quantum Physics is basically a specialized form of science that studies, explores and explains how everything in the tangible world comes into existence. Quantum Physics and spirituality are all intertwined and interconnected. Quantum Physics has revealed and clearly understands that it’s ALL energy or light. Einstein’s discovery proved that ALL things broken down to their most basic form; the pure energy which is ONE ENERGY which makes up all things! Everything that exists whether nature, sound, colors, oxygen, thoughts, emotions, etc., exists only as a result of this very SAME energy. In this respect, we really are ONE. Everything at its core consists of pure energy and everything, both the seen (physical) and the unseen (metaphysical) is intricately interconnected with everything else at this level of causation, which is a continuously vibrating mass of pure energy. If traditional scientific view tends to separate us from each other and from the source (God, creator, the one, etc.), Quantum Physics draws us closer to one another as well as the source. We live in the interconnected ONENESS. After all, we’re all in the same tapestry.


My work comes from a spiritual place and my inspiration comes from my philosophical belief in “reincarnation” and my new religious belief “oneness.” Through numerous lives, we complete our life cycle and become spiritually advanced and we co-create EVERY MOMENT and environment in our realities as a collective consciousness. I keep recording my spiritual journey in my work since there is no time exists other than the present moment, and each moment is vibrant with sensation. Everything, including life or death occurs in the present moment. Therefore, the moment of now is timeless and abundant. Our ability to see and hear depends upon our detection of energy traveling at different wavelengths of vibration. Vision and sound are the products of atomic particles in space colliding with one another and emitting patterns of energy. I simply capture these patterns of energy I experience at the moment of creation and leave traces of my vibration in my work. My studio practice is like a meditation session where divine energies are transmitted to help awaken the spiritual energies within me. In my work, I create a personal, safe inner sanctuaries where you come to realization of we’re all ONE in the name of God. One Breath, One Spirit.



Sky Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received a Master’s Degree in Painting at Pratt Institute. She is a recipient of the National Museum of Contemporary Art’s National Korean Art Competition Award and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs throughout the U.S. and Korea, including Gwangju Biennale, MOCA DC and the Governors Island Art Fair. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Korea Herald, Artlog and The Korea Daily and on WMBC-TV.




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