Born in Seoul, Korea, raised in ShenYang, China.
Currently strolling in Bloomfield Hills Michigan.
Having moved over nineteen times across Asia, Europe, and North America, diasporic experiences have deeply influenced my practice. I explore the ambiguity inherent in so-called truth, faith, and boundaries.
Self-portrait, yet non-self-portrait, the works are vessels for a transversal sensorium, queerness and motherhood. Through the ghost-like paintings – where fragmented figures are bathed in dramatic light and subtle shadows, I aim to blur the thresholds across space, between objects, and from within the sociality of human bodies; physicality and metaphysicality; functionality and malfunctionality.
The ontological encounter that I experienced during a dawn conversation with my mother, who was a Buddhist nun before marriage, led me to hope my work to be a thing for someone to truly witness. It is about an out-focusing on possibilities, independence from one's own common sense, an escape from responsibility and expectation, and facing each other's heavy gravity bare-faced.
Thin yet multi-layered paintings blend personal/ cultural memories with dreamlike scenery, oscillating between reality and Atopia – a place that is moored to nowhere.
2024 Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.F.A., Painting MI, United States
2021 Hongik University, B.F.A., Fine Arts Painting Seoul, Korea
2012-2013 Central Academy of Fine Arts, B.F.A., Chinese Painting. Beijing, China
SOLO & DUO EXHIBITIONS
2023 Back and Front, Passageway Gallery MI, United States
2022 Ul-Lung-Ddung-Ddang, TYA Gallery Seoul, Korea
2016 REEHA & KYUNGSEO, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France
2013 Adieu, Xin Complex Cultural Space ShenYang, China
2023 Convergence, Centric Place MI, United States
2023 Mold Making, Forum Gallery MI, United States
2021 OFFON, Gallery 100_0 Seoul, Korea
2021 Hatred against P, Eulji-ro OF Gallery Seoul, Korea
2020 From Untitled( ) To Everyone, Hongik University Seoul, Korea
2018 Yit-ta, Haeng-hwa-tang Art Space Seoul, Korea
2015 ARTIVAL, Gallery H Seoul, Korea
GRANT & AWARDS
2022-2024 Fulbright Principal Candidate
2022-2024 Cranbrook Acaedemy of Art Merit Scholarship
2023 Honorable Mention, Innovate Grant
Available at: https://innovateartistgrants.org/interview
2014-2016, 2018-2020 Hongik University Academic Excellence Scholarship
2010-2011 Northeast Yucai School Academic Excellence Scholarship
2017 Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France