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Mie Yim: Fluid Boundaries
Online and on view through October 10, 2022
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro, Vermont

Mie Yim’s work offers a window into the mind of an artist who is constantly questioning and challenging herself. From earlier work featuring soft focus creatures with sweet exteriors but dark undertones, to more recent paintings of restless, edgy, biomorphic forms that often strain against the boundaries of the picture plane, Yim is clearly comfortable with discomfort. Her paintings draw the viewer in yet hold us at arm’s length. She renders her intriguing and unsettling creatures in vivid, saturated color that draws the eye, while the mark-making varies from thick and cakey to rough, scratchy, and frenzied, creating an uneasy tension. Yim’s ability and willingness to explore the porous boundaries between figuration and abstraction result in a body of work that compels you to look closer but leaves you uncertain and off balance.

— Sarah Freeman, Curator

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[Image: Mie Yim, Napalm, 2021. Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Courtesy of Jessica Silverman, San Francisco]