Sung Hwa Kim
My recent work captures the particular scenes, emotions, and images that I experienced while on nightly excursions. At the start of the pandemic, the absence of human interaction and the collective uncertainty about the future created feelings of anxiety and fear. Like many artists, I found the act of creation challenging. There was something shameful about being in my studio when everyone in the city, everywhere in the world, was suffering. I started taking long bike rides late into the night to escape my thoughts and worries, as well as the crowded streets and subways of New York City. I found that under the cover of darkness, light appeared brighter. Moving through the night was like navigating the uncertainty of our recent moment. The moon, the stars, and the streetlights became my guides, beacons of hope, compassion, and goodwill toward humanity. Capturing these moments of light breaking through darkness brought me inner peace and comfort. I hope the viewer is able to feel that same sense of solace.