Dubuque, Iowa

Artist Statement

Growing up in small apartments in South Korea and Hawaii, I learned to treat space as a valuable commodity. Possessions had to earn the amount of room they consumed, or be edited. This awareness has carried over into my artist practice. My current work, mostly in the form of undulating organic “cage forms” carved from wood or constructed from metal, submit to this same principle of treating space as valuable. These works are created through labor-intensive craft processes and, in a sense, earn the space they take up. The wood forms are made from solid pieces of wood that have slowly had their innards carved away until they have very little mass, while the metal cage forms are constructed with pieces of thin gauge wire soldered piece-by-piece until the form emerges.

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Cage Form, 2022, Black Walnut, 17x39x29 in., Courtesy of the artist