If our eyes are the mirrors to our souls, then our hands are our connection to the world. Swiping a smartphone, putting food in our mouths, or opening a door, our hands turn our thoughts into reality. They can also reveal our labor, our relationships, and possibly, our potential for a long and happy life.
Bearing the fabric of traditional Korean clothing, and the marks of struggle, the hands in Suhyun Kim’s paintings are colorful testamentsto reunion celebrations. But they are also spectacular displays of dramatic duplicity. Uneasy embraces acrosshistory and geography, theyhint at the painful reality of unending separation, clutching at fleeting and bittersweet happiness.