Born in 1971 and raised in South Korea, after studying Fine Art Painting at Ewha University in Seoul she continued her studies at Brighton University in U.K. and Tsinghua University in China. She has been living and working in Korea since 2012, has been awarded the 24th Suknam Art Prize and has held ten solo exhibitions so far.
I paint scenes that remain as settings from a stage where the leading actors have made their exit.
The scenes and objects that exist around us are places where stories happen, but are gradually forgotten as time goes by. The people and the events of everyday life, also go away and are forgotten. I think that the building and the sites in the scenes hold onto these memories and survive much longer than the human beings who lived them.
The act of painting contains the notion of yearning. As if with each brush stroke that accumulates time, I ruminate on the past, of what wants to be and what is becoming gets made. My work is the time of thinking that makes me calm like a ritual act of saying good bye about to the things inhabits in my memory.
I hope my paintings and memories can reach the hearts of others. There might not be anyone who lives without yearning. I want my paintings to be a passage to everybody, and for them to become the main characters of the scenes in the paintings. I want my paintings to allow people to recall emotions of affection, regret, and pity in their own memories.