Solve Et Coagula:  A Sculptural Exhibition by Esther Kim

Co-curation, designs, & photos by Nima Salimi








Solve Et Coagula is an exhibition that encapsulates the process of transformation from material to matter both individually in each sculpture, unified by the physical experience and presence of multiple bodies in the space itself. The Latin phrase “solve et coagula” is derived from “solve,” meaning to break down and divide, while “coagula” describes the formation of bringing elements back together (coagulating) into a modified and cohesive higher form. The individual works with the presence of the viewer, represents fragments of the body collectively constructing a whole greater than its sum. Verging on the ephemeral notions of the physical human figure, the sculptural mediums solidify its permanence in the world. Solve Et Coagula is a moment to explore ambiguity and complexities of the human body and its relationship with an altered natural order.

Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). She explores concepts of the body through sculptural forms, utilizing her practices of metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, her work challenges the viewer’s commonly held assumptions about the world. She opens possibilities for interpretation, instigating cognitive and bodily awareness of the viewer’s subjective self.

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Exhibition Catalogue 








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