Sooja Kim solved A huge metaphysical problem that transcends the boundaries of ambivalence such as inside and outside, light and darkness, materiality and immateriality through needlework across inside and outside of the fabric, concrete and everyday objects such as flexible bottari (traditional Korean bed cover used to wrap and protect personal belongings), and human body acts related to the object. The “To breathe” series of works evolved these needlwork abstractly, so that the boundaries of light embodied them as constantly changing installations.
In her Korean pavilion project in 2013 Venice Biennale “To breathe: Bottari” the artist wrapped the translucent film on the wall of the Korean pavilion and creates a myriad of iridescent spectra as it breathed through the light passing through the Korean pavilion. A part of the floor, the ceiling, and the wall were mirrored, allowing the viewer to observe several self-images in the light.
“The intensity of the light in the pavilion will correspond to the daily movement of the sun rising to its setting across the Korean Pavilion—which is located right next to the Laguna di Venezia — transforming the space into a transcendental experience — folding and unfolding the phenomenon of light……The artist invites audiences to be the live and active performers, experiencing a personal sensation and awareness that reveals the extremes of light and darkness ; sound and soundlessness ; the known and the unknown. This installation questions visual knowledge as the known and darkness as the unknown — that originates from human ignorance — through two visual extremes that are connected as part of a whole.” (Sooja Kim’s official website)