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Show RCA 2019

Jhee Soo Im

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Major project:

She is waiting on a remote island

Jeju Island, located on the southern coast of Korea is the largest island in South Korea. It is known for its volcanic landscape of craters and cavelike lava tubes. Since the 2000s, the island has been suffering from serious environmental problems due to large-scale development. Excessive tourism and aggressive land development has resulted in a violently damaged geology.

She is waiting on a remote island (2019) collects old personal photographs found in my grandmother’s house on Jeju Island. I wish to observe and restore what we tend not to observe in the landscape through the continuous and meditative action of transferring those photographic images onto objects of my own creation, designed to reflect an emotional state.


  • My practice and research are site-specifically intertwined around found objects, images that are overlooked, ignored or soon forgotten. Therefore, I use various materials to perceive and restore what we are not meant to observe and to reveal the subject in different ways.

    My works are developed around the concepts of loss, memory, viscerality, urbanisation and geology. The developments are often based on a hand-craft approach that leads to a labour-intensive process. During this process, I explore and work by personally learning how everything is made and embracing the modesty of making things myself. My practice based on this research approach often leads to experimentation and moving away from the gallery walls, developing more experiential environments and installations.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Ceramic Art, Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • 'How Image Can Be...?', Crypt Gallery, London, 2019; 'Glimpse of Culture', Royal College of Art, London, 2019; 'Off-print', Tate Modern, London, 2018; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; 'Start', The Creative Centre for Convergence Culture, Seoul, 2016
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