SOOJIN KIM, MFA 18
Arranged Candies No 16
47 h x 47 w
DESCRIPTION: oil on canvas, grey metal frame. framed.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Objects have the power of carrying memories across space, time, culture, and generations. I interpret objects in the languages of paints and brushes on a monumental scale to create an emotional and sensual communication with viewers. American sweets were the symbolic objects of the connection between my family history and the history of South Korea becoming a capitalist modern society influenced by US pop culture. Throughout the modernization of the country during the 1900s, conventional values in Korean culture disappeared. I made these sweet images not only for viewers to be tempted or evoke their appetite but for myself as a gesture of offering food to my father who died in Korea while I was studying art in Boston. As long as I can remember, my father always has been carrying half-eaten American sweets in his pocket. You see, during and after the Korean war, when my father was a boy who used to chase American GI's, who shared 'the world's best sweets' with him. My biggest challenge is how I can visualize the meaning of American sweets embedded in my family history, which spans the time of Confucian dynasties to the establishment of South Korea as a modern Capitalist society mostly influenced by US consumerism and pop culture. The arrangement of Candies was from my childhood memory playing with my father who always handing me colorful American candies. I found an interesting abstract image that looks like a traditional Asian black ink expression out of cracked Oreos.
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