My paintings are about love and interconnectedness in a vast and ever-transforming universe with the sun and moon as constants for life on earth. I play with imagery from the colorful Korean embroidery and traditional arts that I saw growing up, and like spicy and effervescent kimchee, I ferment my experiences of world culture, humor, whimsy, and a fascination with nature and all sentient beings.
My father was a refugee from Anju, North Korea and my mother was born in Kwangju, near Seoul. In the 1960s, they became grad students in the Morningside Heights area of New York City. When I was born, my grandmother immigrated from Korea to raise me until we moved to Long Island.
Through painting, I process the immensity of suffering and failures of history by reconnecting to 10,000 ancestors, the sweet mundane and the countless acts of everyday compassion, kindness and generosity that makes life continue on this planet.
I reflect on all artists who celebrate and honor the lives of their families and communities, weaving in their dreams, hopes and wishes for future generations.
I am a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), and I live in Harlem, New York City and Northwestern Connecticut.