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Kim Joon’s Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos

Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies. Through a painstaking digital process, Kim coats the anthropomorphic forms in bold patterns from ceramic brands such as Villeroy & Boch, Herend, and Royal Copenhagen. What results are deceptively convincing surfaces complete with reflection and shadows.

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 1

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 2

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 3

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 4

The artist’s exploration of tattoos stems from his experiences tattooing his peers while in the Korean military. In his earliest works, Kim grappled with the notion of tattoos as socially taboo in Korean society. He created sculptures that mimicked tattooed portions of flesh.

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 5

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 6

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 7

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 8

In his hands, not only do tattoos reflect social habits and desires but they’re also a vehicle for transforming the body into a highly aestheticized object.

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 9

"Korean artist Kim Joon fabricates images of fragments of hollow porcelain that resemble nude bodies."  Kim Joon's Fabricated Porcelain Tattoos kim joon porcelain tattoos 10

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