Yong Sook Kim-Lambert’s large-scale color-field paintings are interspersed with shadowy figures that seem to suggest a foreboding and loneliness, while at the same time incorporating power and prophesy. Her work is a visual tapestry, with layers of both watercolor and acrylic used to emphasize her emotional expressionism.
The artist freely uses Korean and Chinese calligraphy, as well as cutting from newspapers and magazines to strengthen her design qualities. While our Western culture does not allow us to interpret the text literally, the presence of these enigmatic characters speaks to us of our cultural differences and the alienation and disconnection that minorities encounter daily. These works are Kim-Lambert’s bold statements to society and civilization.
I have been in awe and an admirer of Yong Sook’s work for many years. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is honored to present Yong Sook Kim-Lambert: East Meets West, an exhibition that gives southern Pennsylvania an opportunity to see and enjoy the work of this prominent 21st century artist.
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art