Thursday Salute to Originals: Seed Scapes

Hand-dyed paper seeds form three-dimensional topography sculptures.

South Korean painter Ilhwa Kim creates a new Seed Universe in her first series of multi-dimensional sculptures. Made entirely from hand-rolled and dyed paper seeds, Kim’s expressive pieces flow with depth and visual interest.

The color, size, and texture of each tiny paper seed are immensely diverse. When arranged together, they form fluctuating, topographical-like portraits that shift depending on the angle they are viewed from.

“When moving from painting to sculpture, I wanted to do everything I was able to use in painting; even brush strokes and all the wide color paints,” said Kim in an interview with This is Colossal. “But I’d like my works to have a far stronger life presence in the physical surroundings as a sculpture.”

The final landscapes certainly have a striking presence in person, with light and shadow animating each swirling bumpy surface.

This Thursday, we’re saluting Ilhwa Kim’s transition from painting to immersive sculpture. You can view more of Kim’s previous work on her website or Instagram.

Sources: Ilhwa Kim, This is Colossal