Credit: Joshua Frank
My work explores ideas of cultural hybridity, belonging and the
evolving concept of home, drawing on family history, Korean myth and popular
culture, and European Classical and Surrealist painting—art forms which I was
exposed to growing up in a Korean family moving between the United States,
France, and Canada.
My practice is rooted in oil painting, which I now challenge by
incorporating new techniques including 3D modeling and mapping, collage, and
layering of printed images, as well as by contrasting traditional canvas with textures
such as Korean mulberry paper.
I aim to explore the nuances and contradictions of hybrid cultural
identities, presenting alter-egos of myself and women close to me and allowing
these characters to exist and shape-shift in surreal alternate worlds where
past, present and future are bridged in non-linear and dream-like ways. These spaces
also become sites for personal reflection and investigation into cultural
symbols of my Korean heritage as well as those of classical Europe.