Much of my work has been about expressing repressed emotions. Having the desire to play the traditional role of a good Korean woman, and yet wanting to break free from the cultural boundaries set for women that I was taught at a young age. It is this conflict that is the underlying tension that I bring to my work.
The light pastels and sweetness of the characters welcomes and lures the viewer to come closer, and once there, the pieces reveal their turbulent and unsettling emotions. Disguised within these sweet colors are bizarre masquerades of violence, sexuality and fantasy.
School of Visual Arts, M.F.A. Fine Arts, NY, 2005
Boston College, B.A., Double major in Studio Art & Philosophy, MA, 1993-1997
AWARDS & RESIDENCES
2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL
2005 Scope Emerging Artist Prize
2003 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency and Fellowship
2010 It’s a big, pretty world, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Mischief and Melancholy, Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, Mar-May; Trois Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
2008 a story, Tina Kim Gallery, NY, NY
2006 The Impulse Garden, The Proposition, NY, NY
2004 Chang-nan Minor, The Proposition, NY, NY