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Hyeon Jung Kim

Untitled (patterns)

2012, Dry cleaning tags, paper, 30"w x 18"h

Washing, drying, pressing and delivering customers’ clothes involves a variety of materials and labor patterns. Through my parents’ work, I have been exposed to this from my early adult life until now. In my art practice, I engage in my own repetitive process with similar intensity going from dirty to clean and removing waste, objects and materials. My installations utilize an accumulation of dry cleaning materials that have history and evidence of labor embedded and explore how the physical object can contain the stresses of everyday life as well as the public perception of this type of work—struggling every day in a noisy, tight, boiling and filthy environment in which workers are forced to complete their repetitive tasks under specific systems.

Hyeon Jung Kim - Untitled (patterns)

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