Diameter 9 is a part of my recent series called 3 : 2. The series title stands for the most common aspect ratio in photography, especially well-known as the universal print ratio for snapshots and postcards that are 6 x 4 inch (10 x 15 cm). Hundreds of actual snapshot photographs are collected and then reassembled by intuition and geometric balance. Since my only sculpture material is snapshots, the scale of my sculptures is bound to the size 6 x 4 inch.
The aim of my practice is to examine what it once meant to grasp a real photograph - to possess it, to touch it, to frame it and to preserve it – as opposed to the vast and somewhat chaotic flow of digital images in today's culture. By eliminating photographic images from view and then building them into a compressed sculpture, I attempt to clarify the fragile relationship between individuals' cherished memories and its mass-produced hardcopies.
Hwanhee Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She currently lives in Helsinki. Hwanhee completed her Bachelor of Art in Painting at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK and received a Masters of Art in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design. In 2014, Hwanhee graduated from Aalto University School of Arts and Design, Finland with Masters of Art in Photography.
Hwanhee's solo exhibitions include White stripes and other speculations in Gallery Cafe Fanco, Seoul, South Korea, A Stranger's Perspective in Cafe de Ujung, Ujung Art Center, Seoul, South Korea and 3 : 2, in Photographic Gallery Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, Finland. Her work is also exhibited as artist duo 'Nana & Felix' and exhibited in numerous group exhibitions internationally.
9 x 7.5 cm
Highly Commended; Finalist
Judges of the 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Dr Michael Brand (Director of the Art Gallery of NSW), Penelope Seidler AM (Arts Patron and Director of Harry Seidler & Associates) and Barbara Flynn (International Curatorial Advisor).