Hyeyeon Im (b.1993, South Korea) works in London and Seoul. She received her BA from Chelsea College of Art, London in 2017 and will graduate from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London in 2021.
My work began based on my drawings and collages, which are related to the trivial but precious personal moments of my life, such as stones and sand on the beach, boats floating on the sea, the swings in the park, the scent of forest greens, a person whom I love, red roofs, walking puppies and a packet of wildflower seeds. I record these through photography as a way of recalling forgotten memory. I am reminded of these moments, atmospheric places, senses of being somewhere and feeling. I try to capture landscape, experiences and places by painting and building a sense of experimental memory.
My artwork deeply dives into the relationship between material and visible image.I especially wanted to explore ‘personal features' such as mark making, gestures, colour and composition through my artwork. I have always been intrigued by mark-making, shapes, and textures. By making collages and paintings together, I was able to understand shapes and patterns on a more personal level. I find it fascinating that I am able to create an object and expand it with virtual forms and shapes. Since then, I have constantly been thinking about how to apply them to my work. While assembling unrefined shapes and colours to create different collage combinations, my fascination and excitement for exploring different outlines and materials begun. My artwork still attempts to attain this curiosity by exploring more complex ways of deconstructing objects on separate canvases.
Such actions are fragments of my memories gathering again and I am able to express how I thought and felt by using different materials - from canvas painting to acrylic board painting.I don’t think it ends there, however. The possibilities are endless and I am excited to continue exploring.