My work aims to
draw the lines between things which appear disconnected;
recall those things which are seen too often, and thereafter seen no more;
reveal the hidden order in that which appears to be chaotic;
show the ambiguity of that which appears straightforward.

My work can be thought of as an archeology of the moment: a visual document of some details of everyday life, hopefully evocative enough to allow viewers to imagine their own stories of how things came to be the way they are. I'm interested in the everyday - in the things that we see too often, and then forget to see. I try to pay attention to this sort of detail wherever I go, in both public and private space. My work is an attempt to make these things visible.

I was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up moving back and forth between Seoul and Tokyo, learning early on how something like home that seems so permanent can turn out to be fragile. When I was 29, I moved to San Francisco and then to New York with the man I love, and we lived there for the next five years. Now we live and work in Helsinki, Finland.

I received my BFA in Painting from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and my MFA in Plastic Arts and Mixed Media from Tsukuba University in Japan. Professionally, I've worked at both the New York Public Library and the American Institute of Graphic Arts as a digital archivist. Now I'm trying to build something new and different for myself, and I'll link it here when I feel like I've succeeded.

I would like to visit your part of the world, learn about you and the place where you live. Thanks for your interest!

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