Photo: Keep Buying Luxury and Eat Junk Food, 2014
Tell us about yourself!
I was born and raised in South Korea, where I earned a BFA in ceramics and glass and an MFA in glass from Hongik University. Two years later, I went on to learn about glass more in-depth in the USA. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the glass department at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I investigate the concepts of modern beauty and how it has an influence on people, particularly women in their 20s and 30s, in contemporary society. With a strong focus on consumerism and society’s standard of female beauty, women have turned to materialistic goods to satisfy the artificial ideal beauty. A purse and high heels are merely products, but have had a symbolic meaning of female desires that are a reflection of modern culture. Most of my works are based on said objects of status and female desire. My intention is to make people reflect upon how personal identity develops through consumerism and how they define themselves.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I would have chosen to work in the design field such as car or industrial design.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I am a member of GAS to connect to a large worldwide community of artists who work with glass. It is a great network that brings all those who share a variety of artworks made in a different ways together, which is a good resource.
What is your dream project?
I would love to collaborate with luxury fashion brands, as it would be a new opportunity to be displayed. Retail window displays are very creative and eye catching.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
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