Resonance: Five Asian Women Artists in New Jersey, The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, March 2 - April 6, 2005
Resonance: Five Asian Women Artists in New Jersey
Dr. Midori Yoshimoto, Gallery Director
The New Jersey City University Galleries
Soonnam Kim Singer (b.1969, Sanchung, South Korea) has lived in Bayonne, New Jersey, since she came to the United States to study art in 1995. Before her move, she had already acquired her artistic foundation in Chinese ink painting through private lessons and in abstract painting at Changwon National University. As early as in 1994, she participated in such international exhibition as South Asia Art Invitation Exhibition. After completing the M.F.A. program at New Jersey City University in 1998, Singer has presented her work at various places, including the New Jersey Center for Visual Art in Summit and Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark. In addition to creating art, Singer (Kim) currently teaches at Kean University in Union.
Like most of the artists in the exhibition, the most important inspiration for Singer (Kim)’s paintings is nature. As an adolescent in her father’s garden, she “witnessed the entire process of how nature can be born out of tiny seeds and grow and mature enough to give seeds for the next generation.” As seen in Composition 2, her intimate experience and observation of nature is translated into lyrical abstraction of organic forms and colors that float freely in expansive compositions.
Another inspiration for Singer (Kim) is music. Like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, whose work she admires, Singer (Kim) believes that art can function as a metaphor for music, poetry, and philosophy. By cutting painted canvas into small squares and rearrange them on board, as in Homage to Hermann Hesse, she composes her own music, with each square evoking a musical note or chord. Through such a creative method, Singer expands the possibilities inherent in abstract art.
Resonance: Five Asian Women Artists in New Jersey, Leaflet, 2005