Mihyun Maria Kim | My Lakeview Village

Remembering Four Sisters


By referencing transgenerational trauma (through divorce, immigration, war, class divide), building of identity, dealing with contrasting sociocultural norms, I find relatable entry into other common histories in the likes of a qualitative researcher- collecting stories as data- and interpret this into autoethnographic works. These interests were born from the efforts to understand ‘Han’, a Korean word describing “shared suffering” since the divide, and also for someone who carries grief or a longing. When researching into the site of Lakeview, I was confronted with two histories: the Lakeview Generating Station and the four smokestacks nicknamed ‘Four Sisters’, and the women who worked to support the men at war, during WWII, in the nearby Small Arms Inspection Building. The mural is an attempt at reminding the Mississauga community, and informing visitors, of these stories to look into our past for strength as we continue to build into the future.

Mihyun Maria Kim mural at lakeview village

"The mural is an attempt at reminding the Mississauga community, and informing visitors… to look into our past for strength as we continue to build into the future."

- Mihyun Maria Kim

About
The Artist

Mihyun Maria Kim

Mihyun Maria Kim


  • Mihyun Maria Kim is a Korean-Canadian painter, working between Mississauga (CA) and Leipzig (DE), processing histories of individual and collective experiences, distorted and fragmented memories, altered perceptions of the world through intergenerational transferring of beliefs, values and perspectives, notions of truth and the lucid sense of time. Many years after schooling at OCAD University in Toronto (CA), she has participated and worked for international residencies in Barcelona, Paris, Seville and Leipzig. Her passion to engage with local artists and in creating space to build community, by bringing artists and thinkers together to open up exchange of dialogue, resulted in her co-Founding MODS collective, in Barcelona (2017) and Leipzig (2019). She has shown her works in all the cities mentioned above including Venice, Toronto and Mississauga, and several group murals exist in Mongolia, Kenya, Brazil, North Korea and China. She is currently a Resident Artist at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre (MLAC) and a member of Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) while continuing to work with MODS in its third year.
  • https://www.mihyunmariakim.com/

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