Hanna Shim

Title: One day I’ll fly on the bird’s back
Year: 2014
Length: 00:18
Format: MOV video

Before soft sculpting became my major practice, I used to play with accessible and traditional art mediums such as clay and pencil drawing – which can instantly depict the rawer form of thoughts and ideas with my bare hands. The initial purpose of this experimental loop animation series was to adapt hand drawing to new media without losing the imperfect and fragile hand-drawn quality. During that time, I considered the qualities were parallel to the status of myself as to an artist. Distinct from happy and untainted animated figures – freely flying and skipping, the hazy background images remain static and quiet. The photographs were taken from my bedroom window the view of Totara Heights, which implies the state of the daydreaming – seesawing between dreams and reality; potentiality and hopelessness. The video invites and attracts audiences with its wittiness for the first glance yet connotes hollow limbo of endless loops with meaningless movements.

Thematic tags: Narrative, body, animation, sex and sexuality, new media

Title: One day I’ll skip naked
Year: 2014
Length: 00:30
Format: MOV video

Hanna Shim is an Auckland-based artist, born in Seoul, Korea and raised in New Zealand. Shim identifies herself as a maker, her practice contains certain qualities of playfulness and childishness both in her processes and visual outcome. It involves a mode of condensation and hybridisation of contradicted imageries, objects and stories. Her works talk about naivety with a sinister undertone. The works may seem cute, but at the same time, they imbue unexpected twists and irony. She uses the quality of cuteness as a functional device for the sublimation of cruelty. She is interested in creating a space that is saturated with awkwardness, discomfort, and dry laughter. By embracing two or more contradicting elements, she aims to blur down the borders and boundaries which exist among them. It is the point where she believes in her own utopia. Shim works across a range of media including watercolour to oil, and clay to fabric. Her earlier works involved much more intuitive and subconscious methods of making with hand-drawing, and hand-making; using generative materials like watercolour paint and clay. Her recent work has developed into a more moderated process of hand-making. Hanna creates more control by making patterns for her soft sculptures and creating distinct forms and lines that are reminiscent of hand-drawn qualities. This change of method has led Hanna to become an artist and a tailor. Through this process, her work brings hints of mass production which shows the breaking down of the border between high art and kitsch. Shim completed Elam School of Fine Arts BFA in 2012 at the University of Auckland and has continued into MFA. She has participated in numerous group shows with Elam attendees and alumni.


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