My artwork is a pictorial depiction of experiences that represent my nomadic life, each location indicative of my “emotional turmoil” with each new experience.
I was born in a countryside in Korea but began hopping around to major cities including Seoul, Washington D.C., New York, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. I experienced the vibrant vibe of big cities but simultaneously suffocated under the energy that permeates through the hustle and bustle, an on-the-go way of life. These places were in stark contrast with some of the less urban places that I also lived in. Ann Arbor and its serene and delightful nature’s beauty provided peace to my heart, similar to my current residence in Irvine. Although each location has opened my eyes to experience a diverse set of views, my mind was cluttered with uncomfortable and unsentimental feelings realizing that each location was only a temporary layover and I was left without a destination to call home.
Amidst the anxiety of living in a new environment, I develop my strength to overcome. I acquired my own style of assimilating. I learned to find the sunshine in meticulous planning and became comfortable with tackling new and unexpected circumstances.
My artwork portrays the delightful anxiety driven by this repetitive readjustment. Oftentimes, the view of a new environment overtakes that of the former. This overwhelming feeling is captured by using both a murky surface and soft edge of translucent plexiglass. The translucent material naturally interacts with its environment; however, the translucent characteristic becomes hidden with various layers of sharp, hard-edge cubic forms and shapes that resemble broken glass.
This overwhelming composition embodies drowning in the suffocation of constantly moving.
Influenced by Gerhard Richter, I embraced intuitive organic movement by squeezing various mixed pigments. Adding more layers burgeons a lively rhythm. The layers are seasoned with scratches and cracks resemble the wounds from the turmoil. I also orchestrated contrasting color layers and rigid shapes driven by industrial aspects to visually present a sense of discomfort. For example, the systematic roads of New York City resemble an electrical circuit and trigger an unnatural beauty in my inner composure. Initially, tapes were used to represent my attachment to a current area, but it also highlighted my detachment from a former place. I also Intentionally placed tape stencil to illustrate the influence of the former place in my view of the current area. Simultaneously, this specific material breaks down the rigid aspects, such as cubic forms, within the art pieces. The dual-purpose of the tape serves as a significant part of my artwork.
The fresh perspectives of unique life around the world became the motive of my artwork. The moment of turmoil is an irreplaceable experience planting my seeds of inspiration. Instead of the unease that used to grip me, I now look forward to my next turmoil of chaotic.
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2017 Expected Graduate date in 2019. M.F.A. – Otis college of Art and Design, Fine Art, CA
2017 Irvine Valley College, Fine Art, CA
2011 B.F.A. – Dan Kook University, Fine Art, Korea
Selected Group Exhibition
2017 "OC Art Fair", Costa Mesa, CA
"53rd Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition", Newport Beach, CA *Catalog
“Common Walls”, Irvine Valley College Annual Student and Faculty Art Show, OC Great Park Artist Studios,
Irvine, CA *Catalog
2016 “Common Walls”, Irvine Valley College Annual Student and Faculty Art Show, OC Great Park Artist Studios,
Irvine, CA *Catalog
2011 “The Beginning”, Project Group Misio, Kepco Art center Gallery, Seoul, Korea *Catalog
“Remembered Daily Life”, Sxeet Dreams Exhibition, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea *Catalog
2010 “Not blue chips”, Dan kook University Department of Fine arts Thesis Exhibition, 24th Fine arts Department,
Gallery Is, Seoul, Korea *Catalog
“Not blue chips”, Dan kook University Department of Fine arts Thesis Exhibition, 24th Fine arts Department, Dankook Art Gallery, Cheonan, Korea *Catalog
2008 “Animal’s Adventures in Wonderland”, Dan kook University Department of Fine arts, Engraving club, 3th Annual Exhibition, Dan kook Art Gallery, Cheonan, Korea *Catalog
2007 “HAN KOOK DAN韓 國 檀” Dan kook University 60th Anniversary, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Public Relation office Forum 3 D55128 Mainz, Germany *Catalog
“HAN KOOK DAN韓 國 檀” Dan kook University 60th Anniversary, Europaelscher Hof Hotel Event Hall Lucern, Engelberg, Switzerland *Catalog
Grants & Awards
2017 Best of Show Award, Division Winner Award, First Place Award, and Honorable Mentions, “OC Art Fair”, Costa
First Place Award, “Newport Beach Art Exhibition”, Newport Beach, CA
Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Otis college of Art and Design MFA Program, Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Mentions, “Common Walls”, Irvine Valley College Annual Student and Faculty Art Show, OC Great
Park Artist Studios, Irvine, CA
2011 Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Dankook University, Fine Art, Cheonan, Korea
Scholarship for leadership, Dankook University, Fine Art, Cheonan, Korea
Merit Scholarship for Graduate, Dankook University, Fine Art, Cheonan, Korea
2010 Merit Scholarship for University of California Riverside Language Exchange Program, University of Riverside
Extension Center, Riverside, CA
Winner of “HAN KOOK DAN 韓 國 檀” Dan Kook University 60th Anniversary, Travel award, Dan Kook University Fine Art Department, Cheonan, Korea
2016 Private Art instructor, Irvine, CA
2014 Korean language school assistant in Campus Town Church, Ann Arbor, MI
2012 Art instructor in Art Fish Creativity Art Education Center, Seoul, Korea
2011 Communications director in the graduate students’ union, Cheonan, Korea 2007 Art instructor in Yang Jeong Ho Art Studio, Daegu, Korea
Good Morning Hospital, Daegu, Korea