THE ONE PIECE OF ART
M E M E T E R
KIM NA RI / 김나리
September 22 Thu - November 05 Sat, 2022
As the fourth exhibition of THE ONE PIECE OF ART, we are introducing a piece of work by KIM NA RI, <When Talking About Clouds>.
KIM NA RI has captured new energy and vitality through many years of perseverance as if coming out of a long tunnel. “DEMETER,” symbolizing her work, is one of the 12 Olympians in Greek mythology and refers to the goddess of the earth. “DEMETER” is the ruler of all nature and the god who presides over the seasons and brings abundance to the planet through conception, the birth of new life, blessings, natural circulation, order, and continuity.
‘I stopped where I was going and looked at myself.
When I look at the footsteps that led me
My life will run out.
To the one who will ruin me and lead me to death
‘I gave myself completely.’
-By author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, <OF Love and Other Demons>
Creating and completing each piece of work while containing new energy and vitality requires a lot of energy and time, just like raising a living organism. The primary material of the work is natural soil, and life is born from that wild land. It is like receiving the sun's energy in the ever-changing natural environment to embrace and grow life on the earth. Like Demeter, who oversaw the earth's abundance through the planet's energy, artist Nari Kim repeats the battle against absolute time, kneading, stacking, combing, shaping the soil, and baking it in a hot oven for several days.
KIM NA RI SAYS, “One high, blue autumn day, someone with free arms walked into the exhibition hall, “This exhibition will be complete when you stop and look at this work.”
In this project, the work shows that only after extreme patience can a new living being of the highest beauty be created as a work of art. The video work, along with the one-piece work, was completed with the meaning of returning to nature, conveying new hope and love in the manufactured land where we live, in a rapidly changing city, after a long period of suffering.