|Soothe the Savage Beast|
|16" x 23"|
|18" x 28"|
|24" x 30"|
|30" x 20"|
|10" x 15"|
|Catch Up with Connie Chung|
|9" x 15"|
|22" x 16"|
|24" x 16"|
|21" x 30"|
|artificial hair, acrylic paint|
|11" x 8.5" x 1.5"|
|styrofoam, fabric, latex paint, artificial hair|
|11" x 10.5" x 2"|
|football, latex paint, acrylic medium, artificial hair|
|7" x 17" x 7"|
|paper mache, gouache, acrylic medium, artificial hair|
|6" x 12" x 13"|
|paper mache, artificial hair, acrylic paint, acrylic medium, adult large protective underwear|
|15" x 25" x 25"|
|paper mache, artificial hair, acrylic paint, acrylic medium|
|10" x 11" x 8"|
|Statement||Bio / CV|
|Statement||Bio / CV|
I make digital photographs that show unusual marks on areas of anonymous bodies. I use cosmetics to simulate physical features that are commonly thought of as imperfections, such as birthmarks, skin disease, sunburn, and body hair; the latter being so aggressively drawn that the bodies look almost attacked by them. I consider the exaggerated markings to result in an ambiguous impression that is simultaneously beautiful, grotesque, humorous, and strangely decorative.
Typically, cosmetics are used as tools to emphasize conventional beauty, conceal perceived weakness, and resolve gender into preconceived categories. However, in my work they are employed in order to make identities ambiguous and blur the boundary between reality and imagination. On a ballerina’s pale tights, dark masculine hairs are drawn fiercely. The overstated makeup, which looks almost cartoonish and hysterical, fails to enhance masculine beauty, and instead induces curiosity as to the person’s actual gender.
When I attempt to judge the beauty of someone or something, I often feel conflict between my own instincts, and social/cultural/political/academic standards of aesthetics. I am visualizing my vague inclinations toward justice, truth and beauty through my photographs.
Artist Bio / CV
Sept. 2003 – May 2005
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiber and Material Studies
Sept. 2001 - May 2003
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fiber and Material Studies
March 1997 - Feb. 2001
Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fiber Arts
Tribes Gallery, NYC, NY Group Show Juried by Robert Storr
Gallery 2, Chicago, IL M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, group.
Gallery X, Chicago, IL Threshold, group.
Gallery 2, Chicago, IL September Group Show, group.
Gallery 2, Chicago, IL May Group Show, group.
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 7th International Open, group.
The Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX Dishman Competition, group.
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR31st Annual Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition, group.
The William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA 2003 Juried Art Show, group.
ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL Art to Fear, group.
G’bani, Chicago, IL Art Windows, Three Person Show
Gallery 2, Chicago, IL B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, group.
Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea Undergraduate Art Exhibition, group.
International Felt Festival, Bergen, Norway Felt making Exhibition. group.
Spring Noon Time Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Fall Noon Time Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Marsha Wineman, “Beauty Spot”, Surfacing, Issue Summer 2005, Canada
Tribes Gallery Art Contest Honorable Mention Judged by Robert Storr