Woonsook Kim has described her metaphorical, even whimsical, work as a scroll of her life from which she extracts small elements in order to "bring things into context," and to connect the real and imaginary worlds.
Kim moved to the United States in the early 1970s. She lives and works in Illinois. She was born in Busan and received her MFA from Illinois State University in 1976. Since 1976 she has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions at the Myungdong Gallery, Seoul, in 1976; Gallery Yeh, Seoul, in 1983, 1991, 1997 and 2000; Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, in 1993; Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, in 1993; Walsh Gallery, Chicago, in 1998; Kong Gan Gallery, Busan, in 2002; Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, in 2004; and at McCormick Gallery, Chicago, in 2006. Her work was exhibited at the FIAC International Art Fair, Paris, in 1996 and at Kang Collection Korean Art, New York, in 2007.