I am an Asian American artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Much of my work is in response to experiences of dissonance felt as an inevitable byproduct of being seen as other in this country, in which I was born. The rest of my work questions my desire to know, yet my inability to embrace or be fully embraced by my own cultural heritage. This is done primarily by pulling from the traditional folk crafts of Korea and presenting them in unexpected ways. The backbone to all of my work is the meditative and repetitive processes employed to make them, whether painting continuous lines of gouache or weaving strands of my own hair.
My work has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Center, Root Division, The Performance Art Institute, The Kitsch Gallery, Novel Brewing Co., and The Kearny Street Workshop, among others. In 2016 I was in residency at the Vermont Studio Center and was an inaugural resident of the short-lived SFAI studios program. After getting an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, I worked for 8 years as a bookbinder at the local letterpress book publisher, The Arion Press, where I completed an apprenticeship in bookbinding in 2012. I currently work out of a studio in the Dogpatch Collective in San Francisco.
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