Most ridiculous thing I ever bought…
I instead have ridiculous experience after purchasing. It was a traditional Korean paper made with traditional process by a master artisan, which was very expensive. The paper was ripped off once I opened the paper to draw, so I had to throw away even before using it properly.
My necessary extravagance is…
I put a lot of attention to Han Bok accessories to wear beautifully with Han Bok. Among those my necessary extravagance would be flower shoes from artisan. Not long ago the artisan passed away, so the flower shoes I have now was the last work by him. Now the shoes became a priceless treasure.
Three things/products I always need to have in my purse…
Sketchbook, Ipad, and mirror.
Sketchbook is a necessity to all artists. When I have sudden ideas or have a quote that I want to remember, I record it in my book.
Secondly, it is Ipad. I come across circumstances where I need to introduce my work and portfolio to other people. It is an efficient item that allows me to store information that cannot even be covered in a thick book and carry around easily. Also I can move the ideas that I jotted down in my sketchbook easily to change it to digital work.
Lastly, mirror. As my work is to express human figure, I have a habit of observing figure’s facial expression and muscles based on the movement. I think it is a habit caused from my desire to draw figures better. When I am with other people I can observe them, but when I am alone I observe myself by making different faces.
My ultimate beauty secret after long working hours…
My beauty secret is facial mask. Staying all day in studio
makes my face dry quickly. I tried a lot of cosmetic products and folk
remedies, but there was nothing good as a facial mask. My loving facial mask
and ‘PandaKorea’ once collaborated and produced
mask package <Coyness: same bed, different dreams>.
My favourite merge of the art- and fashion world…
The work from Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton. Usually the
most difficult part of a collaboration is to bring out beauty while balancing
with each other. But for this collaboration the artist’s
color was clearly expressed while keeping the company’s
identity. Also it was not just a simple merge, but a merge that also positively
influenced the sales of the company.
My most admired art world influencer…
I would like to pick director Bartomeu Mari Ribas from
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA). He is a reputable
director who worked as a curator of Spain Pavilion in Venice Biennale and
worked under Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona from 2008 to
2015 as Director.
In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
I was most excited in my solo exhibition ‘Coyness
Theme Park’ which happened this year in March and
April. The exhibition recorded daily visit of 5,026 and total visit of 67,402.
As it was a big exhibition which use four floors of whole building, the
preparation time was long and my worries and concerns were big. But due to
people’s love and attention I could make such a big
achievement during the one month. Even by recalling the memories makes my heart
Art makes me…
Complete. Makes me Breathe.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
I am often inspired from daily life. ‘Coyness’ also can be called as 21st century genre painting which is based on
my daily life. Among all SNS is a great method to look through the daily life
of young generation. I sometimes get work materials from interesting stories
that are on Instagram or Facebook.
The most arty city is…
I feel like Seoul which the past and the present exist
together is the most artistic city in the world. Especially Bukchon Hanok
Village and Gyeong Bok Gung Palace that are located between tall buildings
touch my heart.
The perfect art-world gentlemen is…
My idol Do Ho Suh. The Artist Suh expresses difficult topics
such as ‘Home within Home’ and ‘Karma’ in familiar and witty way while
showing excellent techniques. Also I admire him as he became internationally
influential by recreating Korean traditional forms. He sometimes use fabric of
Han Bok to express Korean style house, which I think it will be interesting if
a subject that I drew is doing something inside the house with Han Bok on.
Artist(s) we should have on our watchlist is/are…
Kim Hyun Jung? I am always working hard so please keep
an eye on me!
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