The central figure in this painting is both plant-like and anthropomorphic. Poipu, the work's title, is also a small town in Kawaii known for its relaxed mood and verdant scenery.
Combining figuration with abstraction, Mie Yim’s work features saturated colors, dramatic content and thick surface textures that express the artist's notions of beauty. The artist has fragmented memories of hastily migrating to the US from South Korea at a young age. Similarly, Yim's figures are often hazy and fuzzy—ranging from anthropomorphic animals to strange machine-like beings. She also draws from intuitive sources to create natural deities and parasites, as well as characters consumed by vegetal forms and animated compositions floating in space. Yim’s work employs an uncanny juxtaposition of bunny ears and doe eyes with an underlying sense of horror.
Mie Yim’s paintings combine saturated colors with dramatic content and thick surface textures to express the artist's notions of beauty. Her figures—like her memories of her childhood in South Korea—are often hazy and fuzzy, and have changed over her career from anthropomorphic animals into strange machine-like beings. Yim’s work juxtaposes representations of bunny ears and doe eyes with an underlying sense of horror to uncanny effect.