Koh San Keum Korea, b. 1966

Overview

Koh San Keum responds to the moment when she is mesmerized by books and sentences the artist has personally read which have always fueled her thoughts. The selective sentences and groups of sentences that she is particularly responsive to and mediates, are regarded the unique identity and the essence of the artist philosophy. In the process of converting texts consumed as social symbols, such as novel,  newspaper, poetry, essays and law books into material objects, as tiny artificial pearls are placed according to the number of letters and spaces in between the letters in a fixed and minimal arrangement. In this manner, the semantic context of the sentence is concealed, shedding light on the visual sense of formation and aesthetic impression created by her imagination, energy, and arrays by pearls. Koh’s work involves a heavily labor-intensive process in which the artist herself arranges tens of thousands of artificial pearls on the panels that also become similar to the surface of ivory through repeated painting and sanding of acrylic paint, one by one. Converted into a pearl, the text emancipates itself at last from its obligation to function as a symbol, and becomes something that is post-national and post-ethnic.

Works
  • Koh San Keum, Greek Lessons Pp.50-84. (by Han Kang), 2021
    Greek Lessons Pp.50-84. (by Han Kang), 2021
  • Koh San Keum, A Humble Confession (Nah Tae-Joo), 2019
  • Koh San Keum, A Small Love Song (Poem of Hwang Tong-Gyu), 2019
    A Small Love Song (Poem of Hwang Tong-Gyu), 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Aloft (Chang-Rae Lee), Pp. 1-17, 2019
    Aloft (Chang-Rae Lee), Pp. 1-17, 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Memory Board 2, 2019
    Memory Board 2, 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Memory Board 4, 2019
    Memory Board 4, 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Memory Board 7, 2019
    Memory Board 7, 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Memory Board 9, 2019
    Memory Board 9, 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Sehando, 2019
    Sehando, 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Sehando by Kim Jeong Hee and JeChan (Written Impression) by Scholars , 2019
    Sehando by Kim Jeong Hee and JeChan (Written Impression) by Scholars , 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Text by Oh Se-Chang, Excerpt from Sehando JeChan (Written Impression), 2019
    Text by Oh Se-Chang, Excerpt from Sehando JeChan (Written Impression), 2019
  • Koh San Keum, To be, or not to be, that is the question, Excerpt from Hamlet Act III, Scene I, 2019
    To be, or not to be, that is the question, Excerpt from Hamlet Act III, Scene I, 2019
  • Koh San Keum, Violet (Song of Cho Dong-Jin) , 2019
    Violet (Song of Cho Dong-Jin) , 2019
  • Koh San Keum, The Name Anonymous 2 , 2015
    The Name Anonymous 2 , 2015
  • Koh San Keum, La Dentelliere (Pascal Lainé), Pp. 69-107, 2012
    La Dentelliere (Pascal Lainé), Pp. 69-107, 2012
  • Koh San Keum, Sam Il Po (Excerpt from Park Kyoung Lee novel), 2011
  • Koh San Keum, About Gagya Nal (Hangeul Day), 2008
    About Gagya Nal (Hangeul Day), 2008
  • Koh San Keum, Women's Consciousness Taking Over to the Human Liberation, 2008
  • Koh San Keum, The Man, the Woman, 2006
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