Emerging American artist based in Denver, CO (NYC Transplant)
I describe my work as a visual realization of my daily meditations.
I was born in Pusan, South Korea, and immigrated to Philadephia, PA when I was five years old. My father was an art teacher in Korea and my earliest inspiration.
I earned my BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and my MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Although drawing and painting had been an integral part of my life since early childhood, as an young adult, I focused on the dramatic arts, working professionally for a decade on the New York stage, national television and as a jazz vocalist. After the birth of my son Benjamin, I took a break from performing and began a daily meditation practice. The personal insights born of this intense introspection clarified my desire to focus soley on painting.
In my paintings I strive to find stillness within the chaos, resilience from fragility, the higher self apart from the ego, the intangible from the tangible. I believe we are spiritual beings having a human experience. I use manufactured objects in my paintings to represent the physical reality, the 3D experience of our life’s journey. Juxtaposed to the paint, suggesting the mystical and unseen truths, I create a state of my full being. I work intuitively, experimenting with marks with various mediums and tools, challenging myself to take risks constantly. Adding and substracting layer upon layer, I work until it embodies a fierce vitality harmonized with a sense of tranquility.
Each painting that I make is an offering to myself and to the audience about our shared humanity. I feel that our greatest asset as living beings with consciousness, is the ability to love. I believe it is with this energy from which we were created that our human evolution can truly arise.