My paintings are about interconnectedness in a vast and ever-transforming universe. I play with imagery from Korean embroidery and traditional Asian themes and like a spicy and effervescent kimchee, I use color to ferment love into each painting along with my experiences of world culture, humor, whimsy, and fascination with nature.
My father was a refugee from Anju, North Korea and my mother was born in Kwangju, near Seoul. In the 1960s, they came to the US as graduate students living 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 try to process the immensity of suffering and failures of history by bridging the losses of diaspora. I reconnect to 10,000 ancestors, the sweet mundane and the countless acts of everyday compassion, kindness and generosity that makes life continue. I reflect on all who celebrate and contribute to 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.