I was born and raised in South Korea before immigrating to United States of America. I am constantly reminded of how it feels to be between two polarizing worlds. Transitioning between traditional Korean art and wholly contemporary subjects and methods embraced within that in-between space, I often find a sense of spirituality and a great source of creativity.
My earlier work shows rich layers of colors. Inside the visual space of the picture, the line can exist absolutely as its own epitome. To prove the identity of my lined objects, I invite a void into the visual space. Inside the empty space the objects stop or pass; they struggle with each other or become engulfed in themselves; they boast or dally; they reach for the top or fade away. I place an emphasis on natural and eloquent simplicity that dominates traditional Korean art forms. At the same time, my idiosyncratic approach and nod towards western formalism is also entirely modern in tone. Also, I create movement through conscious and deliberate color choices. My selection of subject matter is inspired by distinctive shapes and colors in nature. I paint all the brilliance and beauty found in nature and establishes a sense of movement. An awareness of abstract design along with bright and bold colors is a part of this process.