Loving the magical candy the Gobstopper, the sugary delight of seeing different colors as one licks and licks, the artist Jean Rim is exploring her past in an abstract process of layering layers of paint and then plunging, scraping and carving into the buildup. Memories are flawed or contorted to what one desires to retrieve and the psychedelic end product of each painting allows the viewer to be hoodwinked into believing the narrative to be benign. But all stories of childhood, tween, young sexuality into adulthood comes with hurdles and trips and downtimes. Not all minutes of life is bleak but the highs are not great without the counter balance of the opposing force. The artist is digging for the story, she is example of who is Asian-American.
“My biggest fear is loosing my sight. I make work that one can touch and feel. I started making art before I could talk, creativity was a way to manage emotions around the immigration to the United States as a young child. The world of two different languages did not matter when one can draw. “ Jean Rim
A graduate of Parson School of Design (1997) and attended the San Francisco Art Institute (2005) for a shot at an MFA, Jean Rim organically is carving her path through the labyrinth of the vast art landscape. Her life experiences as a healer and her travels embody her work as a painter, photographer and performer. She currently works in the Brooklyn, NY and exhibits in South Korea and the United States.