Insun started as a landscape painter in the early 1980's. It was working at Tallix Art Foundry in Peekskill, N.Y. that she was first introduced to sculpture and from there she never returned to painting. Kim states that there "was something about sculpture and three dimensions that I was very attracted to." Over the years she has worked with clay, wax and plaster but her true love is working with metal. While some of her pieces are cast, most of her work is fabricated with metal and various found objects like chains, wire, sprockets, etc. Kim started Beacon Fine Art Foundry in 2005. I visited her there not long ago and walked in to find her working on a 12' tree made entirely of nails. The stark power and beauty of it took one's breath away. Kim modestly admits her love and respect for nature is such that if she can find a subject in the natural world that she can work with, "then my work is done."
The works by Kim selected for this exhibition vary in scale and mystery. There is a smaller version of the tree of nails that Kim is fabricating especially for Segue; there are the intimate hand-sized apple, pear, and onion which open to reveal a detailed interior space with a life of their own; and finally there will be several of her fabrications which juxtapose the familiar with the unexpected. "I like to create sculptures that people can relate to in their lives," says Kim. "I use objects that on the surface have no relationship with each other and compose them to create a harmonious narrative describing life."