Gabriel Chanel

  • medium Colored silver leaf plated on ultrachrome printed paper
  • edition 1
  • size 27.88w x 35.00h in
  • created 2016
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COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Exhibited: Mari Kim’s Famous Eyedolls, AP Contemporary, Hong Kong 2014
Additional Info: Mari Kim calls the recurring figure in her work “Eyedoll,” a cartoon-like, porcelain-skinned female distinguished by her large oval eyes. In Kim’s lustrous ink-on-canvas prints, Eyedoll stares directly out from the surface; she dons different outfits and guises while standing against different backgrounds. As Eyedoll shifts through identities, Kim makes subtle alterations to the figure’s iris patterns, matching changes in costume to changes in mood. The relentless sterility of her work attends to questions of how identity can be altered with props and fashion, and it also models a kind of fetishistic Asian female identity that is confrontational in its forwardness.