I work in projects, divided by my interests, meanings and materials. My projects often culminate in series of works categorized under the same title.
In my work, I decipher how experiences of migration have marked me, through surreal imagery, craft and words. As I observe and reflect on the new environments and my relationships with them, problems of social and psychological adaptation as an immigrant and woman are quietly represented within the narrative of my work.
Some of my inspiration stems from Asian folklore, mythology, and religious iconography that heavily influenced my childhood. Events occurring where I reside recall images related to these stories that were imprinted on my childhood. I deploy these images, which evoke dreams, memories, and a sense of longing. By weaving my own personal mythology into my work, I investigate the psychology of the self, which revolves around changes in personal, social, and cultural environments. Meanwhile, conflicts arising between different social and cultural expectations towards women’s behavior and manners are often demonstrated in the images of troubled young girls and wild animals in my work. The cycle of birth, marriage, and regeneration I experience as a woman is another central theme and particular interest.
My process involves not only traditional drawing but also many crafting skills, including collage, sewing and embroidery. Employing various techniques, I incorporate art, design, and craft in my work. Also, I enjoy manipulating various materials, such as paper, fabric, threads and small wood panels. These lightweight and easily transportable materials have allowed me to start creating immediately in any new environment.
In forms, I combine my discovery of beauty in traditional objects, architecture and folk art from different cultures with traditional Korean art and fashion. While navigating the complex relationship among society, culture and identity, I attempt to embody a harmonious and unique cultural hybrid in my work.