Urban landscapes as Ideal Places
My work redefines the urban landscapes as an ideal place. To create a serene, quiet moment within the space, I empty out the elements of a city, presenting only selective architectural elements.
The observations I have made living in Seoul, Korea has inspired me to create an ideal landscape in response to a rapidly urbanizing city. Architectural designs in public spaces have always fascinated me. We live in a landscape in which artificial structures have been fabricated, and human desire to build ideal space is inherent.
The pristine appearance of my work is offset by a sense of loneliness, distancing the viewers from entering the landscapes I create. The impossibility of perfection leads me to question the ideal of what modern society strives to accomplish. Through utopic and dystopic narratives, I hope to engage the viewer with the inherent duality that is ever present. I hope that the elements of absence in my work would allow a kind of longing from the viewer and give them the desire to complete my landscapes as ideal places for modern society.
Artist Bio / CV
Sunghee Pae was educated at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI MFA, Printmaking (2008) and Hong-ik University, College of Fine Arts, Seoul, Korea BFA, Printmaking (2005). Her work has shown nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of many awards including Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Coulcil, the Full Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center and Graduate Awards of Excellence (juried by Anne Ellegood), Rhode Island School of Design.