twice a day by mouth

Jiyoon Kim
MFA Thesis Exhibition
On view May 12 - 14, 2021
Window viewing May 7 - 15, 2021


COVID safety restrictions rigorously apply
Roski Mateo Gallery



1262 Palmetto Street (Los Angeles Arts District)
Los Angeles, CA 90013



Gallery hours: May 12 - May 14; 12noon - 6pm

Window viewing: May 7 - 15; 12noon - 6pm

Tickets are not required; admission is free.

For questions, tour requests, or press inquiries, email the artist at



Visitors must complete an online wellness assessment (TROJAN CHECK) PRIOR to visit and comply with all USC regulations during their visit. Those include:

  • TROJAN CHECK requirements include the completion of an online health assessment. Please be sure PRIOR to arriving on campus. Click here to complete 
  • Visitors are limited to 4 visitors in the gallery at a time.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.
  • Mandatory mask must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times. No neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes. This is required for all visitors over age 2 and all staff and artist.
  • Observe signage and markers throughout the gallery and Avoid Cross Flow of Traffic. Enter and exit through marked designated doors.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering the space
  • NO Food or Drink in the Gallery or any indoor space.
  • Do NOT enter if you or any member of your party have experienced any of the following:
    • Cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficult breathing or shortness of breath, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, conjunctivitis, loss of smell and taste in the last 14 days.
    • If you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days prior to your scheduled visit to Mateo, DO NOT VISIT.
    • If you, yourself has had COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
    • If you are currently directed by a healthcare provider or public health official to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or exposure?
    • Complete Trojan Check health screening prior to entering the building. Contactless Trojan Check will be used when entering the building.
    • Vaccines are not required but highly recommended.



Wednesday - Friday, 12noon - 6pm
Sign in at door upon arrival for admittance. Los Angeles County limits the space to 4 visitors at a time


MFA Art Cohort Exhibition Website

Visit the 2021 MFA Art Cohort's website for an introduction to the practices of all candidates here.


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION twice a day by mouth

In twice a day by mouth, Jiyoon Kim illuminates what is often overlooked by the individual and culture at large. Kim’s installations highlight the physical and emotional demands placed upon her body during repetitive labors: adapting between languages, feeding and cleansing the body (rinsing, squeezing, trimming), cleaning the house (vacuuming, dusting, doing the dishes), and managing pain. 

In Kim’s artworks, the aesthetics, production, consumption, and usability of everyday objects become twisted: A dead fish is doused in shampoo, rendering it inedible; Painkillers failing to relieve pain, as it is cast of burnt sugar. Could these objects provide evidence of our labor? Are they leftovers from our habits? How have we become detached and desensitized from these objects? Do objects actually preserve and support our ability to function?   

The moving objects that Kim uses become poignant metaphors for the passive acceptance of violence that people allow in the society. She encourages viewers to consider their relationships to the ever-present processes of habituation and the psychological impacts that have become normal to us in these patriarchal and economic systems.

Though at times cynical and pessimistic, Kim’s work also provides moments of relief and healing through meditation and embracing absurdity. Created during the pandemic, in A Nonchalant Vacation, Kim presents a layered recording of a nightly practice on an empty parking lot in which she draws out English and Korean words along string lights. This work recognizes the act of translation as both a physical and an emotional act of labor. Thus, Kim intuitively articulates the normalized guilt and negligence that grows out of the pressure of productivity and assimilation. 

Never one to move gently, Kim saws through blocks of cake, drags string lights into words, grinds ibuprofen back into dust. 



Jiyoon Kim is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea. 
Kim has exhibited, screened, and performed at venues across Southern California and Seoul, including 18th Street Arts Center, Human Resources Los Angeles, Nomad Pavilion, Daelim Museum, and Whitenoise Seoul, among others. Kim holds an MFA from the University of Southern California as the Fulbright Visiting Scholar and earned a BFA from Seoul National University, South Korea.