Hye Ryung Na

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
The Happening, 69" x 69", Oil and marker on canvas, 2015
About Us I, 24" x 36", Acrylic on canvas, 2014
The Truth, 9" x 12", Pen on paper, 2015
Never Leave, 40" x 40", Oil on canvas, 2015
My Confession, 2:00 minutes, Performance document, 2015
Hye Ryung
Artist's Statement

My work enacts the process of my transformation in response to trauma as process of re-finding my identity. Especially this is about the duality between my interior trauma and exterior appearance. The work represents my feelings of an event that occurred, the experience it, and how I overcame it. I started painting when I was a very young child, and realized art is a powerful and transformative healing tool. Initially making this for people who have experienced trauma, they may feel a sense of healing from the work. Because it is hard to find people who will share openly, this would need permission from the witnesses, started to represent my experience first.
The work challenges assumptions about beauty though diverse media such as poetry, painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Specifically, the viewers are asked not to accept beauty at face value, but rather: where it is coming from and what it is concealing?


Na Hye Ryung is a New York City based artist, who was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She is working in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, performance and video. Her work has been internationally presented in Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, South Korea and the United States. She received her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design. Na currently lives and works in New York City, United States.