The Sun Still Emerges TodayLauren Chai
Oil painting on Paper
Varnished and Ready to frame
Signed on back
40 " h x 30 " w |2 lbs. 0 oz.
Title is taken from the artist's uncle's song with the same title, but in Korean, which is written across the top of the painting. Inspired by the look of film posters, the painting depicts two lovers moving in different directions tied together by a shamanistic knot in need of unraveling. Painting is dry mounted on matte board and will need a frame for display.
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.