Gallery Panel: Phoebe Kim

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Phoebe Kim, I’ve filled me up with sunflowers. Oil on canvas, 107 x 80cm. Courtesy: the artist.

Dylan Foley

Gallery Manager and Co-Curator, Boom Gallery

Phoebe’s practice explores her own cultural identity and the constant microaggressions she experiences. Processing and exposing perpetual racism through painting, her portraits tackle prejudices with a sense of humour. The subject in I’ve Filled Me Up With Sunflowers employs the female gaze; empowered, with agency she claims the space.

Amy Rose

Manager, Saint Cloche Gallery

The ease of Phoebe’s painted figure, sitting open and reflective, disarms you immediately. Sunflower sprigs bloom up from between the subject’s legs, drawing our attention to her vulnerable thighs. A thick swathe of purple hair sways as if the subject is crystallised in a moment of swift and necessary confidence. One hand wittingly grazes against her mouth as if to speak of the effect of preconception. Phoebe beautifully skews her subject’s eyes to furthermore shed light on the disorder embodied by another’s gaze.

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