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Thinking about the process of art making and people who create the old and new always fascinates me. I am more engaged with the behind the scenes and people. My artwork is based on jogakbo, Korean traditional wrapping cloth. It is hand-stitched with various pieces of Korean traditional silk in different size. In olden days, Korean women were not permitted to go out freely and their dreams were kept in their small rooms in women’s quarter.  Whenever I encounter traditional Jogakbo, I can feel and sympathize the dreams of anonymous women are embedded in the small square-shaped needle work, jogakbo.

Because I extremely adore the way of expressing their mind and dreams, I try to bring the hand-stitching technique by women in the past and traditional old silk in my artworks. Imagining ladies in the traditional society in making bojagi, I paint their dreams and my ideas using needle and thread. The women in the past made bojagi for functional purposes, but I create artworks that embrace feelings as well things I see around me like landscapes, people or everything. I endeavor to break the boundaries of crafts and pure art, and to think deeply about what the next notion of art would be in my field of textile art.  

Nowadays everything spreads quickly, becomes trend, consumed fast, and just as fast, completely disappears. There’s not enough time for the objects to obtain people’s emotion. I miss things that are now extinct in the modern world where it is too simple to click a button that can produce numerous copies.

Sewing by hand and collecting old pieces of fabric feels like a way to slow down the speed of time. I don't want to lose the imprint and dedicated patience of handwork. I believe that if I touch it for a long time, the object becomes myself, which is an important philosophy in East Asia. 

The techniques and materials are rooted on those of my ancestors, but my works do not dwell in in the past. While dearly trying to hold on to what it is, I continue to adopt and develop new narrations and shapes from my experience in life. Each of my pieces represents my stories and emotion in the past, the present, and even the future. 

Works in Public Collections

 

Dialogue Now and Then, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco CA

Embroidery Picture Book, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco CA

Secret Window, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco CA

San Francisco, the Peninsula, The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

The White Cloth Clad, San Francisco Korean American Museum, Oakland, CA

The Armful of Five Cardinal Colors, San Francisco Korean American Museum, Oakland, CA

Drawing Home, The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Korean Roof, Korean Community Center, Tenafly, NJ

Special Exhibition

March, 2022 – September, 2022   “Dialogue Now and Then”, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

August, 2018 – September, 2018  “Dwelling in Between”, The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

August, 2016 – May, 2017   “Secret Window”, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

 

Permanent Exhibition

                                                   

April. 2019 ~ present    "The White Cloth Clad", San Francisco Korean American Museum, Oakland, CA

                                   "The Armful of Five Cardinal Colors", San Francisco Korean American Museum, Oakland, CA

October, 2018 ~ present   "Drawing Home", The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

October, 2015 ~ present   "San Francisco, the Peninsula”, The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022      "The Island Across the Sea", Art Book Original Exhibition, B-Platform Art Book Lounge and Gallery, Seoul. Korea

2011    “Out of Square”, KCC Gallery, Englewood, NJ

2008    “Silk and Thread”, Lotte Culture Center, Suji, Korea

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022    "Brand 50", Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, CA

           "All Media", Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA

           "Ewha Textile Exhibition", Ewha Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2021  "My American Experience", O'hanlon Center for the Art, Online Exhibition, Mill Valley, CA

2019  "Ewha Textile Exhibition", Ewha Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

          "51st Anual Textile Exhibition", Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA

          "Geon Gon Gam Ri, Beyond the Distance", San Ramon City Hall Gallery, San Ramon, CA

2018  "Ewha Textile Exhibition", Ewha Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

          “East – West Conversations in Fiber”, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV

          "Ewha Quilt", Ewha Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2017  “In-Between Places: Korean American Artist in the Bay Area”, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

2015  “Exhibition for the Inauguration of SF Korean American Museum”, Hankook-ilbo Culture Center, Group, Oakland, CA                                          “The 47th Annual Textile Exhibition”, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA

2013  “Olive Hyde Art Guild Members’ Juried Show”, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA

2009  “Out of the Ordinary”, Kyung-in Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2008  “Herald Korean Art & Culture Festival”, Selected Collection, Korea Herald Media, Seoul, Korea

2007  “Needle Scent”, Jewelry Center Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

          “Herald Korean Art & Culture Festival”, Selected Collection, Korea Herald Media, Seoul, Korea

2006  “Silk Craft”, Samsung Plaza Culture Center, Bundang, Korea