My paintings are a bridge to the Korean embroidery and crafts that I saw in my childhood home. My father was from Anju, North Korea and my mother from Kwangju, near Seoul. In the 1960s, they immigrated to the Morningside Heights area of New York City where I was born and then raised by my grandmother until we moved to Long Island.
I reflect on all people, especially the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and grandmothers around the world who decorate the lives of their families and communities, weaving in their dreams, hopes and wishes for the generations to come.
I am inspired by the colorful traditional Korean embroidery made for children's birthday hats and socks, weddings, wrappings, eye glass cases, spoons, needle cases and pillows. My paintings are in touch with this tradition, and like spicy and effervescent kimchee, everything is fermented with assorted personal influences, humor and whimsy.
I wish to process the immensity of suffering and failures of history by reconnecting to 10,000 ancestors, the sweet mundane and the countless acts of everyday connection, love, kindness and generosity that makes life continue on this planet.
I am a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). I use Ampersand panels for their environmental commitment, Gamblin paints and oils to support leading environmental practices, a few Utrecht cadmium-free colors, Williamsburg favorites, Turpenoid Natural and safflower oil.
I live in Harlem, New York City and Northwestern Connecticut, USA. Thank you for visiting my site!