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Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Creativity, 2019, mixed media, 12 × 9".

Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Creativity, 2019, mixed media, 12 × 9".

Cindy Ji Hye Kim

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Helena Anrather

As a writer, I know what twisting myself into knots over a word is like, though I rarely do this over a letter of the alphabet. But for an artist who might consider script a kind of drawing, the act of forming a single character might, for all I know, become more fraught. Cindy Ji Hye Kim is a draftsperson of implicit elegance and concision, with a style that falls somewhere between Max Fleischer and Christina Ramberg. To imagine Kim manipulating a pen with anything but ease is difficult, yet her paintings and drawings express anxieties about writing. These works feature stylized female figures, clad in short black skirts and often nothing more—like a pedophile’s fantasy of schoolgirls—with their faces always hidden. Her subjects are perched on scaffoldings of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal poles and hold poses that seem, even in such unnaturalistic renderings, cramped and uncomfortable.

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