As light floods through suspended cut canvas and reveals silhouettes of flowers, birds, clothes hangers, and other familiar shapes, shadows echo their form against a backdrop of acrylic paint and calligraphy. The stacked symbols ascend into a vertical column, reminiscent of Korean rock cairns, and along the upper edge, drycleaning tags position themselves as an artist’s signature or stamps in traditional literati paintings.
I paint contemporary scrolls made of stencils that suspend off the walls from custom wood brackets. The composition and symbolism in my work pull inspirations from chaekogori (bookshelf still lifes) and doletap (rock cairns) while incorporating imagery tied to my Korean American experience. As an artist, I explore conversations that connect me to customs, traditional techniques, and iconography filtered through the modern lens.