Sep. 30
Oct. 21

Hi, could you spare some time for me? by Heejo Kim

September 30, 2022 – October 21, 2022
Gateway Galleries
1601 W Mount Royal Ave
" Oil on canvas,18*24, 2022, Heejo Kim, 2023, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting"

"Hi, could you spare some time for me?” This is what I desperately wanted to tell others when I felt overwhelmed but at the same time the most difficult thing to say. There could be many reasons such as not wanting to impose on someone, not feeling comfortable talking about personal things, or not feeling attachment to any people or places while being unduly conscious of others. Such thoughts combined with unspoken thoughts cause overthinking and drag me to beat myself up. Finally, this led me to think of myself as a misfit. Through my paintings, I talk about my fellow misfits. They are expressing their feelings naturally unlike in the real world and this could be an attempt to become self-aware. Some feelings are loneliness, fear, or powerlessness. However, they are brave enough by showing their own vulnerable feelings to others. This exhibition is for the people who are in a similar position to mine. Through this, hopefully, we can find and protect our identities.