November 27, 2016

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Bianca Ng

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Striking, Surreal Illustrations by Moonassi (Daehyun Kim)

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Rarely do I come across a work of art on the Internet that emotionally moves me. “Moonassi” is Daehyun Kim’s artist name. It means “Anatta” which is a Buddhist term for “non-self” or “substanceless.” It is a belief that humans are impermanent because they are constantly changing. He was originally …

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Rarely do I come across a work of art on the Internet that emotionally moves me. “Moonassi” is Daehyun Kim’s artist name. It means “Anatta” which is a Buddhist term for “non-self” or “substanceless.” It is a belief that humans are impermanent because they are constantly changing. He was originally born in 1980 in Seoul and studied oriental painting at Hongik University. After graduation, he spent many years as a graphic designer, marketing manager, and art director. While pursuing these paths, he started to draw his well-known figures and called it “Moonassi series.” He’s been creating these hauntingly elegant drawings since 2008.

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According to his artist statement, his work is inspired by his personal thoughts and feelings. He wanted his work to be based on what he knows and can comfortably speak about. He said, “My drawings are all about me and others. What I like to create is a drawing as an empty space between me and viewer, so that people can talk and find their own story from my drawings.”     new york branding sports graphic design agency new york branding sports graphic design agency new york branding sports graphic design agency new york branding sports graphic design agency new york branding sports graphic design agency new york branding sports graphic design agency

He primarily uses black ink and paper out of convenience. The subtle details and alluring visual imagery bring the ambiguous figures to life. Often times the figures interacting in the drawings are opposing each other. I’ve never been one to enjoy ambiguity, but I can’t stop myself from returning to Moonassi’s work for inspiration again and again. I learned to appreciate that there isn’t a particular narrative to his drawings. Every person who encounters his work can build their own interpretation. When I look at his drawings, it is as though he is translating emotions I haven’t found the words to accurately express yet. I always think: what emotions have I not confronted yet, but clearly need to? Substantial creativity isn’t about covering the truth with decorative details, but about stripping down to the core of the intention.

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All images belong to Daehyun Kim. His work is found here.

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