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.
Mie Yim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She has a BFA in Painting from Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania. She spent a year abroad at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy.
Solo exhibitions of Yim’s work have taken place at: Villa Magdalena in San Sebastian, Spain; Olympia Gallery in New York City; The Chashama space at the Durst foundation in New York City; Ground floor Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; Lehmann Maupin in New York City; Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York City; and Galerie In Arco in Turin, Italy.
Group exhibitions showing Yim’s work have taken place at: the Drawing Center in New York City; Feature Gallery in New York City; Ise Cultural Foundation in New York City; Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York City; BRIC in Brooklyn, New York; Mark Borghi Gallery in New York City; Johnson County Community College in Kansas City, Kansas; the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina; Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; and The Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut University in Danbury, Connecticut.
Yim is a recipient of: a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2020; The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant in 2018; the New York Foundation of the Arts Painting Fellowship in 2015; and Artist in the Market Place at the Bronx Museum.
Yim is based in New York City.