Born in Seoul, South Korea I came to America with enthusiasm, and an eagerness to develop my artistic expression. From an early age I was inspired by traditional Korean artwork, the beauty of mainstream Korean culture, and multicultural contemporary artists. My primary inspiration comes from the Korean Chosun period (1392-1910) traditional folk art, or Minwha, that is characterized by its general simplicity and purity. There is a similar harmony in the themes of my work which is also influenced by Beatriz Milhazes and the Pattern and Decoration movement; noting Beatriz’s vibrant use of color and patterns and translating it with my own interpretation of the playful, rhythmic, geometric and psychedelic qualities.
Korean traditional as well as western cultural ideas of color and form, as well as my own culture appear in my interdisciplinary work: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and photography are used to discover new ways to express my ideas. Some of my new works involve mixed media, using a wide range of patterns and shapes.
My recent works emphasize freedom by using a technique with less control than my earlier style. My work combines geometric shapes with organic patterns and forms from different cultures and nature. I discover the familiar and strange in elegant patterns. In my work I choose flowers, trees, leaves, fruit, and animals from nature, modifying their shapes. The viewer engages with the piece by allowing their own visual, and culture experiences to influence their view of the outcome of the form and its future possibilities.
I received a BA in Art and Performance from to the University of Texas at Dallas and I am currently pursuing an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas, to be completed in May 2016. I live and work in Denton, Texas.