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Record and Symbol

Kim Hyung Joo (Korean, born 1959)

Kim Hyung Joo is a papermaker and artist who reinterprets Korean tradition in contemporary modes. The primary focus of her art is women's clothing and language.

Using the traditional short-waisted chogori jacket worn by women, Kim addresses aspects of culture as with this piece, Record and Symbol. Made from Korean mulberry paper, hanji, the long sleeves of the jacket are straight out to the sides, and the red and blue colors of the jacket halves reflect the colors of the circular ying-yang symbol on the Korean flag. Closer inspection reveals that both the jacket and its background is covered with rows of letters of the Korean hangul alphabet, adding another layer of symbolism.

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