In the fall of 2016, I was walking around the neighborhood where my studio had been located until a few months before. Marked by the disappearance of the three sibling feral cats that I had been feeding, the area entered redevelopment. The once cherry-blossomed neighborhood was soon covered with inconceivable amounts of waste, growing more and more desolate by the day. I happened upon a neat stack of tableware dumped out in a corner. The dishes, wine glasses, and rice and soup bowls, set in a line side by side under the trees amid piles of fallen leaves, seemed less like trash and more like something waiting to be found by a new owner. I brought them home and washed them clean, imagining their food-brimmed past while rinsing out the dirt. There I thought, washing the dishes, that endowing an object with a use is like giving it a new life.
Hyunjin Kim was born in 1975. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the Department of Art Studies at Hongik University and earned he..by Se Weon Gwak