Exhibitions > Return: Prints and Stitched Works

Works from my show at Studio Two Three Gallery in Richmond, VA. June 7th-July 4th, 2013.

Collagraph print, "Tiger Lilies" by Aijung Kim
Collagraph on Paper
22" x 30"
2013
Collagraph and monotype print "Death Was Everywhere" by Aijung Kim
Collagraph and monotype print on Paper
15.5" x 22"
2013
Silver Earrings and Sage
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique
8.25" x 16"
2013
Heishi
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique
14.5" x 18.25"
2013
Heishi (Detail)
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique
14.5" x 18.25"
2013
collagraph prints on stitched and quilted fabric art with moon girls holding vegetables in front of mountains in New Mexico
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique
28.25" x 41"
2013
collagraph prints on stitched and quilted fabric art with moon girls holding vegetables in front of mountains in New Mexico
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique
28.25" x 41"
2013
Benign Love
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery
19.75" x 26"
2013
Benign Love (Detail)
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique
19.75" x 26"
2013
Benign Love (Detail)
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique
19.75" x 26"
2013
Earwigs
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique and acquired earrings
16" x 17.25"
2013
Earwigs (Detail)
Collagraph Prints on Fabric with hand-stitched embroidery and applique and acquired earrings
16" x 17.25"
2013
Skull and Staurolite
Collagraph prints on Fabric
8.5" x 12.25"
2013
Skull and Staurolite (Detail)
Collagraph Prints on Fabric
8.5" x 12.25"
2013
Black Widow
Collagraph and monotype print on Paper
2013
Harvest Moon
Collagraph on Paper
11" x 14"
2013
Earwig
Collagraph on Paper
Each print 5" x 7"
2013
In the Sage
Collagraph on Paper
11" x 14"
2013
Handful of Flowers (Monsoon)
Collagraph on Monotype on Paper
11" x 14"
2013
Handful of Flowers (At Sunset)
Collagraph on Monotype on Paper
11" x 14"
2013

Artist Statement

Some good things are meant to be sustained. They are reliable and everyday, sometimes even mundane, but solid.

Some good things are ephemeral. The magic is brief and appears before you like some rare flower unfolding, its scent light and fleeting. Those things are meant to wake you up, open you up, swing wide the door. So you can wonder again. So you can see from a new direction.

You need both kinds - a grounded good and a passing-through good. This show is about a passing-through kind - a place I had once dreamed of settling into permanently, but have since only returned to in memory.

One summer six years ago, I visited a small town in Northern New Mexico called Arroyo Seco. There, I fell in love in so many ways. Earlier that spring, I had made plans to move from where I was living in upstate New York to Portland, Oregon by myself. My friend Jada from California convinced me to come visit New Mexico along with some of her friends. We would be able to stay in a hostel for free in exchange for doing the housekeeping. Her voice on the phone, drunk with excitement, promised a wonderful adventure. I booked a flight to New Mexico for two weeks, after which I would fly directly to Portland to live.

I was in a state where I had nothing to lose because I had yet to begin. Maybe that's part of why the trip affected me in such a profound way. I was empty, ready to go with my heart.