The main theme of my recent work is exploring the unfortunate reality of our present world.
While reading the newspaper, articles began affecting me to the point that I realized I am a somewhat powerless artist and I wanted this to be reflected in my work. It has given me the opportunity to respond to social, political and environmental issues. I depict these reactions through the visual interaction of limbs and portraits painted against a backdrop of current news articles that have touched me. Limb series of my work juxtapose ordinary routine tasks with exceptional and often disturbing events.
An began studying art in her home country of S. Korea, obtaining a B.F.A. from Hyosung Women’s University. She continued her education at the Art Students League in New York and “Cercle de Sant Lluc” in Barcelona, Spain after her graduation from the New York Academy of Art, where she received a M.F.A. in 2001, until she found her own unique style of painting. An has been in over sixty group shows, currently solo exhibitions at The M. Christina Geis Gallery in Georgian Court University 2010 and at the Monmouth Museum 2009, together with two solo exhibitions, since immigrating to the United States in 1995. In the past six years, An’s work has won over thirty awards from national and international competitions. An’s work has been reviewed in eleven publications and magazines.