My paintings are narratives based on landscape - most often the sea. These are not literal representations of the natural world, but rather, abstract accounts of my responses to those places - in their stillness and movement, color and light.
When I was child, my family and I lived at the southern most part of the Korean Peninsula, in a small village by the sea. It was my first experience with the ocean, and a formative one. For those two years I lived intimately connected with the sea in all of its moods, and the memories and emotions associated with that place influence all of my work.
I work primarily with oils on canvas, and the act of painting allows me to re-engage in the memory of a particular place, while also reinforcing the
universality of nature. Just as each new painting contains the memory of every past painting - every sea and every beach recalls another.
My work addresses how the search for things that make a place different is also the search for things that make a place the same - whether emotions and experiences, or physical attributes such as sand and water.
It is my hope that my work is viewed as a whole - that the paintings offer
interpretations beyond a fixed moment in time. What emerges is an
apparent appreciation for nature itself - in its paradoxically constant and ever-changing state.
Maryland Institute College of Art
Master of Fine Arts, 1966
Seoul National University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1963