Pen an ink on paper
36 x 30 cm
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My meticulous, labor-intensive watercolor paintings/drawings are at once abstract, anatomical, spiritual and sensual. There's a constant tug of war embedded in the organic undulations in my work. The shapes are comforting, yet dizzying; fluid, yet stagnant; organic, yet abstract; delicate, yet obsessive. I record my personal time, space and raw emotions in each moment of creation. My inspiration comes from my philosophical belief in "reincarnation." My work is largely influenced by the loss of my twin sister at birth on an unconscious level. I've tried to figure out why I am here when she is not? What is my life purpose? I realized that through numerous lives, we complete our life cycle and become spiritually advanced. This realization influenced my work a great deal. I began to use the repetition of circles and wiggly lines to create patterns that represent the wheel of life-the reincarnation. A circle is an absolute form you can find in nature. Each circle in my work contains energy which allows a being to consistently evolve into a complete form of nature. When you draw a circle, there is no beginning or end. You always come back to the point where you started, just like our life process, the principle of Yin and Yang.
When I record my being and my spiritual journey in my work, no time exists other than the present moment, and each moment is vibrant with sensation. Everything, including life or death occurs in the present moment. Therefore, the moment of now is timeless and abundant. Our ability to see and hear depends upon our detection of energy traveling at different wavelengths of vibration. Vision and sound are the products of atomic particles in space colliding with one another and emitting patterns of energy. I simply capture these patterns of energy, the residue of my vibration in my work. Everything around us, about us, among us, within us, and between us is made of atoms and molecules vibrating in space. Although we define our self as solid, we are made of trillions of cells, gallons of water and ultimately everything about us exists in a constant and dynamic state of activity and movement in the name of evolving process.
Born in Seoul, Korea and she received a M.F.A in Painting from Pratt Institute. She is a recipient of the National Museum of Contemporary Art's National Korean Art Competition Awards and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. She has exhibited across the U.S. and internationally, including the Toronto International Art Fair, GLAAD Art Auction, DUMBO Arts Festival, Gwangju Biennale, MOCA DC, Governors Island Art Fair and has been exhibiting and lecturing as a guest artist at universities, including University of Nevada in NV, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph's University in PA. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street International, The Korea Herald, Artlog and The Korea Daily, Artefuse and Arts Observer and on WMBC-TV.