Few fantasy creatures have so intrigued storytellers as the mermaid – that aquatic heroine with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish. The mermaid can thus be regarded as the female counterpart to the virile centaur or the unicorn, but proves even more ambigious in her attributes and intentions.
In some 90 individual works that are often reminiscent of film stills, its heroines run a gauntlet of events. Never does their teased hair droop or their lipstick smear. These papier-maché maidens, elaborately styled and costumed, are placed in settings that employ the artist‘s own photographs, toy soldiers and animals, electronic parts, found objects and dollhouse miniatures: Lights! Action! Camera!
Kim Young-Hee, the sculptress born in Kyongju, Korea in 1944, received international recognition with her own distinctive sculptures made from mulberry paper, symbols of traditional Korea, its culture and its people. In her home country, Kim Young-Hee is counted among the most famous visual artists and also one of the most successful authors, whose novels achieve bestseller status in her country. She acquired this artistic reputation with 70 solo exhibitions worldwide. The works of Kim Young-Hee are constantly exhibited by the HYUNDAI gallery in Korea, as well as at many other international exhibitions. She has already managed to reach a wide, international audience (museums, large concerns and private collections). She has been living and working in Germany since 1981.