Jung Eun Park‘s work is a combination of drawing and sewing on Korean paper that is often dyed with coffee or tea. While sitting or laying on the paper, Park creates symbolic images, mesmerizing in both their detail and overall simplicity. This physical connection to the work during production is important to the artist who states “I can feel the touch and the smell of paper with all of my body and senses.”
The artist uses materials such as thread, plastic, fabric, buttons, and pills, creating a tactility and texture beyond that of the paper.
Jung Eun Park works in projects, with their titles lending clues to their meaning. Recent works include The Womb, Cell Story, Red Thread, The Room of Obsession, and Silence is Waiting. The artist shares definite formal and psychological similarities with acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Park’s interest in repetition, accumulation, and exhausting detail recall Kusama’s “infinity nets.”
The artist received a B.F.A. from Kookmin University in Seoul in 2003 and a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 2007 and was included in Lana Santorelli Gallery‘s Young Emerging Artists show in New York earlier this year.