Hometown: Rockford, IL, U.S.A.
Language: Mandarin, English, Spanish
Weakness: Goodwill, The Internet, consumables
Talents: scavenging, hair-cutting, athletics
Interests: criticism, eroticism, power, voyuerism, trauma, video cameras, confrontation,
deconstruction, collaboration, and disorders of any kind.
Dislikes: still life, neutrality, comfort zones, donuts, passivity, and inactivity.
"Our relationship to
appearances is a complex and personal territory. Kim Ye is fearless in
her exploration of this territory and in disrupting our notions of
normalcy and beauty, through video and worn and perfomed sculptural
creations. In her video pieces, Kim uses the element of time to take
the viewer through a process of looking at the body and our actions
upon it, making us question our own discomfort with images that are in
one sense banal and in another sense disruptive of that familiarity.
But even with what is familiar, we are placed in an uncomfortable
position, looking more closely than we would choose, slowly watching an
action that may be common but is generally unobserved. Her work adds a
twist; the videos have an element of humor as they push beyond the
expected to disrupt the activities depicted-plucking, shaving-with
unexpected version or result. These pieces are astute in their ability
to make simple and powerful depictions.
the worn pieces, Kim directly disrupts the form of the body. She uses
materials that relate to the skin but extend the sense of surface and
form to give the performers tails, appendages, and facial additions
that change the wearer's anatomy and presence. Are these performers
models? A living stand-in for mannequins? Or are they individuals,
embodied persences who have allowed themselves to be reinvented by the
sculptural forms they wear? It is startling and uncomfortable to stare
at a living person, to walk among and around them. We become aware of
our faze and of our participation in the roles of viewed and viewer" .
--from 2007 GLITTER catalogue
Written by Pomona College studio faculty:
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