Label Text: I found that I always responded to things that were done in earlier civilizations that seemed to have less elaboration and more strength.
Kim Lim’s aesthetic shows the influence of her native Chinese culture in Singapore and Malaysia, Japanese Zen Buddhism, and other global art forms. She moved to London at age 18 to study sculpture. Lim translated her sketched responses to nature into minimalist sculpture and prints. Ring, pictured left, and Aquatint were both made in 1972. These simple rings and circles are not rigidly geometric. Their variable widths, tones, and free-form edges exude the organic energy of a living cell or the flowing surface of the sun.
Lim’s son remarked that the “innate calmness and serenity” in his mother’s work also reflected her personality. She attempted to express the harmony and equilibrium she found in the natural world.