To Breathe
To Breath l, 2013
duraclear photographic print in lightbox

This week's Abstract Wednesday work is by Korean-born, Paris- and New York-based artist Kimsooja.

From the Vancouver Art Gallery: "While the scale and media of her art has varied widely, what remains constant is an engagement with questions of identity in the face of change and social flux. The exhibition highlights works that address notions of time, memory and displacement, and the relationship between the human body and the material world. This broad survey includes early textile-based pieces from the 1980s, Deductive Objects, large site-specific installations such as Bottari Truck, as well as single and multi-channel videos.

North American audiences were introduced to Kimsooja's work in the early 1990s when she began constructing bottari—objects wrapped in colourful Korean fabrics—during a residency at MoMA PS1 in New York. Kimsooja's adaptation of this Korean tradition of using fabric to bundle and transport domestic items not only garnered the international art community's attention, but also became a formal and symbolic device that she continued to use throughout her career."