Chae Rim is a troubadour who sings nature. Dense forests, silent ponds, and crepuscular evening scenery are present in her works. Wild flowers, shyly peeking out can also be seen. A friendly nod and kiss with the wild flowers, whispers from the forest fill the screen. The artist recites the song of nature and introduces her companions like Orpheus, who affected the plants and animals.
Images of plants are prominent in Chae’s works. Obscure lines, unknown whether they are vines, leaves or tree branches, intersect, tangle, overlap, and slip with each other and make various expressions. The floating images of ecology decorate the screen and expand like vines. It starts miniscule, but gradually widens, and ultimately transforms into an enormous flow.
Recently, Chae Rim has held numerous solo exhibitions not only domestically, but internationally as well, at Princeton Gallery (New Jersey, U.S.), BDMC Gallery (Paris), Able Fine Art Gallery (New York) and more. Chae has also received the ‘Solo Award’ in Artexpo New York, expanding her activity range. This year, she was selected for ‘Start Art Fair,’ supervised by Saatchi Gallery (London), and had the chance to present her works. The artist’s recognition in various stages is not only promulgating the excellence of Korean culture, but demonstrates craft technique’s ability to create magnificent artworks.
While looking at Chae’s images, it feels as if the veil of sentiments has draped over the worn out everyday life and its busyness. Chae’s works accompany the encounter with nature and life, like the delight of meeting a flower in a tranquil place, while walking through a forest. I believe this encounter will present an unexpected ‘bundle of thrill and joy.’
Excerpt from “Chae Rim, The Musing Forest”
Seong Rok Seo l Professor in Andong National University, Art Critic