Korean artist Kim Sangduck delves into the figurative and the abstract in his oil paintings. In his most recent series, “Doubt,” Sangduck pushes this approach into even stranger territory. Instead of framing bodies so that heads or feet are removed from the canvas, he complete obscures, or rather, disrupts them to create oozing, imploding forms.
Several of the works in this series seem to be in direct reference to the Biblical story of the “doubting” Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. In this narrative, Thomas is at first skeptical to hear that Jesus had risen from the dead. His testing of this notion saw Thomas thrusting his hand into his side, where he had been wounded. Many of the figures in Sangduck’s “Doubt” are in various stages of doing this act to themselves.
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