B. 1957, Taegu, South Korea
Lives and works in New York, New York

Kimsooja creates videos and installations that blur the boundaries between aesthetics and transcendent experience through their use of repetitive actions, meditative practices, and serial forms. Central to her work is the “bottari,” a traditional Korean bed cover used to wrap and protect personal belongings. Kimsooja transforms the bottari into a philosophical metaphor for structure and connection. Her mixed media Korean Pavilion installation, To Breathe: Bottari (2013), consisted of diffraction film on glass windows, an audio track of her humming, and an anechoic chamber made in response to the “absolute darkness” the artist experienced in downtown New York City following Hurricane Sandy. Kimsooja is also featured in Season 5 of Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series.



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