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2018 TSB Community Trust Painting Award Winner

Artist: MiSun Kim, New Plymouth – Flowers in Universe

Judge’s Note: “Flowers in Universe” by Mi Sun Kim seems abstract at first, but when you look again, you see it is actually created with many delicate lines to make an extraordinary cluster of pinecones.  We thought the traditional ink painting technique on rice paper, and the mounting of the work was impeccable. Its size also gives it a meditative, calm quality.  In her artist statement, Mi Sun talks about walking in South Korea and imagining all the pinecones she saw in a forest as a metaphor for the universe.  Pinecones can be found in many countries, and in this way, they become a symbol for connection and the common ground we can in find in others.