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Artist
Monica Kim

The Disquiet Universe by Monica Kim is story consisted of five episodes, and is also an autobiographical novel. Her psychology is driving force of birth of new episode. Each character living in different area was born by adding vitality to her experiences. The artist who is also creator and only historian of The Disquiet Universe tells us something using voices of her creation. In her creations’ voice, she gives deep comfort to us living in ‘disquiet universe.’ Also she inviting us as a companion for this trip.
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Artist
Monica Kim

The Disquiet Universe by Monica Kim is story consisted of five episodes, and is also an autobiographical novel. Her psychology is driving force of birth of new episode. Each character living in different area was born by adding vitality to her experiences. The artist who is also creator and only historian of The Disquiet Universe tells us something using voices of her creation. In her creations’ voice, she gives deep comfort to us living in ‘disquiet universe.’ Also she inviting us as a companion for this trip.
Curatorial Essay
- On Perspective: Completing the Narrative -

Our life's narrative is always told from the first-person point of view. At times we are the protagonists; at other times we play a supporting role, distancing ourselves from others. If there is one thing that is utterly impossible in our real-life narrative, it is to be something other than 'I'; to tell the tale from an omniscient view. We can only be omniscient narrators in a dream, or in a fabricated world built from imagination.

Hence the omniscient point of view is the most artificial, and yet the most fantastic perspective. It is one of the privileges rightfully given to a creator, an artistic experience mediated by the creator's work. An artist not only perceives all the events of his world and the emotions of its characters, but also conceives a future that the art-viewer cannot foresee. Omniscience belongs to none other than the artist; but a viewer is granted a second-hand view through the artist's work. Thus perspective is an alluring element of an artwork. Ultimate harmony is accomplished as the viewer steps in to fill the narrator's place.

The viewer is the last piece of the puzzle, making the work a complete whole. Artists .pic and Monica Kim each establishes a creative world in their own way and awaits our participation. As a manufacturer, .pic plays the function of a systemized factory and receives orders from buyers. Kim details her journey in The Disquiet Universe and invites us to join in. Viewers rise as independent entities of an artistic experience with their response and participation, exploring the art at their will.

The viewer's role does not end there. clickscrollzoom.com builds a bridge between artists and viewers, enabling communication in the age of the epidemic. As long as there are viewers, the creative worldview of .pic and Monica Kim will live on. Viewers are welcomed to click, scroll, and zoom-in all parts of the exhibition to discover the pieces of their own puzzles.

Curator Ingyeong Kim, Rinn Yun
Individual Work Essay
“So we wanted to find happiness! If the world was happy we wouldn’t have to be scared anymore.”
-from Episode 1, The Totem-Snatchers

We all inhabit a disquiet universe. Disquiet blooms in the heart of each and every one. It causes suffering for ourselves and our loved ones. But this is not always a bad thing; by overcoming hardships we learn to grow. The Disquiet Universe is Monica Kim’s autobiographical novel. Kim’s creations- ‘the Friends,’ ‘the Rat-trap Rat’, and ‘the Cat’- serve both as a self-portrait and a landscape of the world she sees. Kim tells her turbulent tale with poise, inviting us to keep her company.

Our journey begins with a map: The Universe’s regions and inhabitants detailed in a single page. We gradually gain a closer look at each area and character with the author’s guidance. Kim’s quirky play on words, like the ‘Hand-Star’ and ‘the Carp-People’, offer us amusement. The elements of her work are unique but never overbearing, leading us to a land of innocence. Kim’s words spin a childlike yarn; her illustrations depict a faraway land.

The tales of the Universe’s perky characters hit surprisingly close to home. We too walk long, toiling miles to reach happiness, only to find that it had been just a step away. We too hide our hearts from others, hardened by denial. We, like them, oppress those that are dear to us in the name of love- sometimes paying a high price for giving unasked affection. This Universe that we roam is not ours, but it reminds us of our own experiences. Kim’s work embraces anyone who bears a disquiet of their own.

We are imperfect beings, but that is precisely why The Disquiet Universe is so compelling. The fable holds an everlasting moral, that life’s imperfect moments let us mature. This travel guide ends with a small tip: If you are inclined to be a harried traveler racing to keep pace with a busy life, you are advised to explore this Universe with more leisure. Begin the journey anywhere and anytime that you choose.

Now, then. It is time for you to embark. Let there be joy where you go.

Curator Ingyeong Kim, Rinn Yun