Welcome to the Dior Talks podcast series themed around the seventh edition of Dior Lady Art and hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this year’s event, 11 artists from around the world have participated in a game of metamorphosis by rendering the iconic Lady Dior handbag as a unique piece of art.
Hanji paper, watercolor painting and calligraphy with all its rituals, including breathwork and “the power of the breath that goes through your brush,” are among the key influences of our latest guest artist, Minjung Kim, celebrating the joys of silence and simplicity. Using ink and paper, the South Korean artist with her delicately complex collage designs based on layered, overlapping compositions, creates spatial illusions. Kim, who works between Italy, France and America, moved to Milan to study art in the early Nineties. Western influences, from Lucio Fontana to the materials and compositions of the Arte Povera movement, infuse her work. Nature is another major inspiration for the artist who likes to work where she is able to “see green or the sky.”
The artist has reinterpreted three of her works for Dior Lady Art. On one bag, blocks of coloured mink recreate the work ‘Story’ inspired by the artist’s library in Milan, also reinterpreted in a smaller embroidered crystal version. A white bag adorned with delicate silk organza pleats recalls ‘The Street,’ which captures the idea of looking down from a building onto a sea of paper umbrellas. ‘Red Mountains,’ meanwhile, is based on an ink and watercolor work created by the artist on Hanji paper. The piece was inspired by the tides and the sound of water but, once flipped upside down, evokes a mountain range.
Myriad storylines and cultures interweave in a meeting of fashion and art. “The beautiful thing is, through art, we are connected spiritually without explaining it,” says the artist. “Surely, someone will take the bag and feel something different than with an industrially-made bag. I hope they can feel my spirit and love of nature.”
Tune into the episode to learn more about her fascinating world.