Pasts & Futures | Exhibition

mutation 4 and mutation 6

Chung-Im Kim


In textiles we’ve been challenged by environmental issues for quite some time; they are inescapable whether we face them directly or not. How do we reconcile or address the immediate concerns in a practice known for using harmful chemicals or consuming excessive water? It seems that the return to finding colour sources in nature has been one obvious step forward for contemporary dyeing in textiles; drawing upon time-honoured methods developed throughout the pre-industrial world. Onion skin, for example, is one of the easiest colour sources we can find and it has been a personal favourite among many others.

Geometry has always been deeply embedded in my work. Being captivated by natural wonder, my enduring interest in geometries and structures was in some way heightened by analyzing the found objects I collected in the field. The role of mathematical thinking in my work was as inevitable as that of nature itself. Ideally I’d like to portray a coherent philosophy rooted in both nature and science, yet contrarily I’d also like to shake up that logic in the hope that my work might transcend my current knowledge.