joeun kim aatchim 2020 ©

Art of Self-Defense  2013-14

Drypoint on watercolor (A Portfolio of 19 unique drypoint prints produced from a single copperplate), brace grommets, ink on copper sword, leather sleeve and paper cutters  /  print size 37.5 x 26.7 cm (Each) Installation size variable



“The process of documenting something always opens up a disparity between the document itself and the documented events, a divergence that can neither be bridged nor erased.” (B.Groys) 



Art of Self-Defense project studies the methodological metaphor of simple scratching and removing gesture. In this project, drypoint and scraping on a copper sword, which are archaic methods for creating replicas, are utilized as an indelible documentation tool for public sexual harassment and ephemeral emotions; aggression, anger, and fear towards the violence. 


In order to disclose complex sequence of recorded languages and repetitive trials of obliterating the marks, one single matrix, a copper sword, was employed in this project, and it has been carried with me to record the prompt reaction to the public harassments, as known as 'catcall.' 


The aggressive gesture of marking combined with the susceptibility of its imprint alludes to chronic traumas caused by verbal violence.