I moved to Chicago from Korea in 1994, painting on my own and preparing for further art study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My drawings and paintings at that time were mostly self-portraits drawn from difficult personal circumstances. When I embraced these experiences, I began to be healed, and my work also became clearer than before.

In my work, I often use soft white and light cotton batting fabric from Korea and rough heavy rugs from the United States; the fabric looks very weak, but it is actually strong. I ravel and unravel the strong and colorful thread to represent the way people are made stronger and more beautiful by a horrible situation. It is like an oyster that makes a pearl out of pain. The semi-transparency of the fabric represents the way in which a jail contains the human body, but not the human spirit.

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