With my sister being a photographer and my mother being an expert on calligraphy, art kind of runs in the family and is something I’ve been ushered into over the years. For me it all started when I began making friendship bracelets at a young age.
I like to paint, but only with acrylics, as they dry fast and allow for easy layering. I also enjoy using colored pencils for pieces that call for a high level of detail. Most recently I’ve began playing around with clay, making Saki cups and small sculptural owls. All of my necklaces and bracelets go either to my friends or my mother as gifts.
Right now I’m reworking and interpreting images and stories that are taken from a young adult fantasy novel series, The Mortal Instruments. I’ve also done work that is inspired by the photographs of Wing Young Huie. My favorite piece, however, was of a guy on a motorcycle who (accidentally) had no arms and no legs, but I still liked it.
The thing I appreciate most about art is the sense of completion that comes over me when I finish a piece. To be honest, working up to that point can often be frustrating and stressful, but I still find it all worth it in the end.
I actually want to continue doing more three-dimensional work in the future. Throwing on the wheel is going to really test my patience, but my grandmother is currently teaching me how to sew and knit, which seems to be a little more accessible and straightforward.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Minnesota with my older sister and brother. I joined Interact Center in 2008, after I received a traumatic brain injury, to further pursue my interest in art. Interact’s supportive community and studio space has made me feel more confident in my skills as an artist.When I chose to paint, I enjoy using acrylics because they dry quickly and allow me to paint many layers. I also enjoy using colored pencils for illustrations and portraits, because they allow me to give my drawings a high level of detail. Recently I learned how to weave using the SAORI technique, which I really enjoy.
Right now I’m working on a series of animal portraits, particularly mothers and their young. I also work with glass, ceramic tile, and wood forms to create mosaics. For the last four years I’ve been part of a teaching residency at Mississippi Creative Arts Elementary School, working with children and local artists to create masks, puppets, and write stories.