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Sunday, March 16, 2014


SHE'S been writing since she could remember (because for her) thoughts are fascinations that if not contained, they have to be expressed. This time, she shares some of her secret pages to those who have the "eyes to listen.” From the diaries of Jiyun Kim are a thousand words off the wall.

Qube Gallery’s “The Bright Eyes Series” ends its second week of staging today with Jiyun’s “Talesbox: A Container of Emotions.”

A pageant of 14 personal paintings in acrylic and oil was visually read on Tuesday at Qube Gallery at the Henry Hotel in Banilad.

In the local art village where the universality of theoretical frameworks have found a nook in the hearts of industry players, the 23-year-old artist writes her contribution through surrealism and portraiture—approaches that were liked, learned and developed.

The artist is from South Korea and who used to come to Cebu a lot for vacation. The frequent visits translated to an art education at her future alma mater. Jiyun is now settled down south with her family.

From being a kid romanced by the works of her aunt to an adult under the influence of Salvador Dali among others, Jiyun anchors herself as a visual diarist not confined to the boundaries of culture and technicalities.

“Mine are not too Asian; not too Korean neither. I don’t work that way. I think images in my head, attach meaning to them and transcribe them on canvass. I could be both process and content oriented at a time,” she said.

Jiyun’s exhibit exudes a feminine impression of art’s versatility captured through memories and symbols. She pointed at “Timebomb” as among her favorites described as a celebration of humanity’s delicate mortality.

The story of a fair-skinned girl wrapped with time is narrated through oil on canvass.

A watch accessorized the neck while a lineup of bombs boosts the chest.

“I’m being chased by time. I’m always busy. But it’s no use cramming on life. Sooner or later, we’ll all explode. So, live every day to the fullest. Relive every moment.

Enjoy, instead,” Jiyun related.

Jiyun, nicknamed Cathy, is among the three graduating students of the fine arts program of the University of the Philippines-Cebu College to display at the said month-long art fare. Tom Jopson’s “Imaginary Friends” concluded last week while Kevin Cabrera’s “A.B. Solution” opens tomorrow and will run until the March 24.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 17, 2014.

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