"Richard Noyce's statement for Haran Kim"
With her acute sensibilities and her highly developed technical skills across a wide range of mediums and materials. Ha Ran Kim bridges South Korean and American cultural influences, and also the gulf between traditional and digital means of producing images. Her versatility encompasses works as various as highly complex and beautifully wrought books, exquisite ceramic figures and digital video works. The manner in which she is able to combine a range of different mediums leads to the production of highly original narratives. It is not surprising that she has already built a considerable record of exhibitions and awards in both South Korea and the United States. While her works are largely figurative in nature, and deal with imaginary worlds that have some of their origins in 19th century story books, they stay clear of presenting simple romanticized portrayals. This comes from the hints of a darker edge that accompany much of her work, an awareness that fragility and strength can coexist without contradiction, and understanding that a work can be created in such a way as to be open to multiple interpretations. The combination of a ceramic diorama and digital video projection offers a fresh and challenging blend of stillness and motion, with intimations of both dream and reality.
May, 2016, from Essays for the MFA Catalog by Richard Noyce-
-Freelance writer, curator, lecturer, and artist