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joeun kim aatchim 2021 ©

Bail Mother Melancholy (Sunday Garden Forgiven Given), 2021 


Natural mineral pigment suspended in glue on silk, colored pencil, conté on paper, brass, wood, waxed cotton, leather, blackened steel, found wood cross painted with India ink, sterling silver

Diptych (36 x 24 x 2 inch each) linked in a chain installation size approx. 45x103” (canvas only size 24x18x2 inches, each piece has two canvases, total 4 canvases)


The work has been made possible by the generous support of The Lighthouse Works Fellowship Program, Fishers Island, NY. Special thanks to Harry S. Parker III and Ellen Parker, who gave me their handpicked garden bouquet featured in the piece, on the last Sunday of my time at Fishers Island, NY. 

From artist’s note;

“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a technique in which an experience that was traumatic is recalled whilst doing bilateral stimulation, such as side-to-side eye movement or hand tapping, which enables the experience to be correctly processed.” (Feske, 1998)

Disguised as eye-catching still life paintings with natural shimmers of rock pigment & silk—a double-framed diptych of two portraits of a young mother (combing) and young mother-to-be (praying) are linked by a necklace-like chain. By twinning the paintings side-by-side,  the artist discreetly guides the audiences to move their eyes side-to-side; hoping to gently promote healing of any unspoken trauma related to the images of the mother(s) and whichsoever memories that occurred in the audiences' minds. (AATCHIM, 2021)


Feske, Ulrike (June 1998). "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder". Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 5 (2): 171–181.



Installation Image courtesy of the Asia Art Center Taipei, Taiwan  | detail shot photo credit to Johnny Le

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