Violation of DignityLauren Chai
Oil paint, ribbon on Wood
Natural wood edges
Varnished and Ready to frame
Signed on back
14 " h x 11 " w x 1 " d |0 lbs. 7 oz.
Lauren explains of this piece, "Women in Korea are sexually harassed frequently whether it is on the public transport, in an elevator, on the street or in the bathrooms, wherever. With the Neo Confucian beliefs holding strong, opposing those who are elders or above you in the social hierarchy is highly frowned upon, which is shown in the bowing and submissiveness and through the traditional Korean woman in the foreground and the young children in the back, as this is taught to children at a young age."
Lauren Chai is known for contrasting her traditional Korean upbringing with her modern American life and including a personal story or cultural narrative to accompany each piece. As the first in her family born in America, she was raised by her South Korean grandparents in Hawaii. She moved across the Pacific to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art University. After some time following the technique-based curriculum, Lauren says she relished breaking the rules and mixing abstract elements into the work. Her current series places side by side traditional elements, such as Korean folk dancers and Buddhist temple architecture, and modern elements, such her own marriage or a portrait of fashion designer Creepy Yeha. In fact, most of her models are personally connected to the artist, so Lauren knows their stories and captures the essence of who they are beyond their Asian American heritage. She explains that her works are "a reflection of my traditional upbringing in chaos with my modern life as well as the clash of North and South Korea. All pieces of one person, of one Korea." She has been featured in NBC News, KBS World Radio, Houston NPR, and the Honolulu Star Bulletin.