Chaewon Kim: Tae-A / 胎我 / I come into being


Pre-solo exhibit installation view

Chaewon Kim: Tae-A (胎我 : 태아)
I come into being: The story of you and I counting stars

September 30 – October 20, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3, 7-9 pm

Neilson Park Creative Centre
56 Neilson Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1V7

The body of work in this exhibition comes from a fundamental question about a human being “Who am I”. Since my thesis research, I was interested in theories of subjectless subjectivity, selflessness and pure immanence in philosophy. In addition, I found myself contemplating themes of evacuation and let-it-go in religion.

My practice, essentially, tries to express the way to lose myself in order to find ‘Pure I’ and starts at the very beginning where everything was undefined in any language. I believe that everything around us in this world has a pure moment before we made a name on it or define it. The subject began with an image of the fetus in the mother, but the meaning of ‘Tae-A’ is more close to the form of exist oneself rather than the fetus. As the work progresses the shape of ‘I’ became more abstract form.

Through the ambiguity of the form, viewers are invited to entrench themselves in the work and are provided with a moment to meet their ‘Pure I’ in any shapes.


Adam and Eve, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2019

About the Artist:
Chaewon Kim is a South Korean and Toronto based visual expressionist. Chaewon graduated from the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD University, where she was awarded first place at Scotia Dream Project in 2017, also Chaewon received the best work award at OSA Juried exhibition in 2018. Chaewon’s works have been seen at a variety of venues such as John Aird Gallery (Toronto, ON), Scotia Plaza (Toronto, ON), Gladstone Hotel (Toronto, ON), and the Museum of Northern History (Kirkland Lake, ON).

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1988-2018, work-in-progress in Chaewon’s studio