Esther Kim

Visual Artist


Heavy Thought
11” x 11” x 8”
Limestone, books

Ninety days carved out of limestone, Heavy Thought is a physical depiction of the burden that comes with excessive speculation.  Differentiated through texture, the form represents left and right hemispheres of the brain. Thoughts add weight, grounding a person through knowledge but also becoming a potential burden with the cynicism that comes with truth. Kim untangles strings of thought into detailed folds and creases of the brain, allowing her mind to flow as fragments crumble from the stone. With the heaviness of knowledge and the toughness of the rock, this burden can also stunt a person with ignorance and hold them back from growth. The strain of echoed thoughts are transferred into the material Kim works with. Her process becomes meditative through repetition of  hammering and clearing of debris as she lets go of the thoughts that hold her back.