Esther Kim

Visual Artist

Backbone
2018
24” x 12” x 88.5’’
Steel

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Backbone portrays the mechanical process of repetition in the human body and how it manifests as creator versus creation. A fundamental component in Kim’s work, it combines concepts of the working body with the repetitive nature of the working machine. Time and labour is emphasized through the constructive process and can be captured within every joint and crevice, creating a rhythm of continuum throughout the human form. In contrast, grounding the spine is a base made of brass found in hardware for pipes and internal infrastructures; anchored by the industrial mechanics of a larger functional body.