1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Born in South Korea, I came as a small child to the best country in the world. Can you guess?? Anyway, I’ve been living in NYC for most of my adult life. Before that, I lived in a bunch of American places and somewhere in between was stints between Germany and Korea. But at the moment, I happen to be in Barcelona for a few months. If I could, I’d like to say I’m from here.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
My aesthetic, if it applies to me, is the offspring of campy American pop culture, humor, drama, current events and visually I am a fan of
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I’d say the pencil but I work digitally 90% of the time so the Wacom wins. Why? I resisted working digitally but I travel a lot and it is more efficient and at the end of the day I care about the ideas that come through so I don’t have a favorite medium.
4. What is your artistic process like?
Illustration and personal work start from different places. One is for hire so you have to just start thinking of solutions. I do whatever the heck I want to do, If I feel like drawing a bunch houses, I do that. If I want to do some location drawings, I do that. If I try to do something interesting, it never happens. A process happens when I work intuitively from the gut and the analyze it later. I think about what I like and I explore that further by just doing. Then I repeat.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
Personal experiences, social issues, and current events, things that turn me on, things that make me angry, blah blah blah
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Regarding the making of art, it’s what gets me going, prevents me from being maniacally depressed, functions as my companion, my memories, my discourse, my offspring. Regarding other people’s art, they validate my attitude towards my work and the pursuit my process and confirm the legitimacy of what creative people have been doing for humankind since we could think and create. I don’t think I could really process or react to the world without it.
7. Where did you study?
School of Visual Arts
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?
Making illustrations for big and small clients in pubishing and advertising and whoever will compensate properly for my work so that I can roll around in filthy cash in my off time if it ever exists.
9. What about in ten?
If I’m still alive, I hope to keep on doing the same thing, but I hope I’ve accomplished more in the process. I hope to also be some kind of educator. And maybe my work will be so awesome I will have done a monograph and will do an opening of my work and there will be an awesome party at some fancy location and I will also be rolling in more filthy cash and hopefully I can feed the many poor artists who will be struggling to get into my hard earned position.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
To paraphrase the great Milton Glaser: to delight and educate. Also, to be part of the great creative lineage of humankind.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Too many really but if I had to eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch dinner for a week straight, it would be dwenjang jjigae and rice (in Korean 된장찌개). Google it. It’s a Korean staple. It’s like miso but the process is different. Fresh oysters with lemon and Tabasco is also insanely good as well as a medium rare steak from the flesh of a well lived cow. The list goes on.
12. Favourite book?
Again, too many (I lie) but I love me some Lolita by Nabokov and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
13. Favourite genre of music?
No genre. I just listen to the same folks for a certain period of time and then I move on to something else. I love good voices and fifties jazz. I’m listening to a lot of Bill Evans right now. I was loving Santigold for a while then Frank Ocean and Beyonce, etc… I also always go to JS Bach for focus and calm. Just find my Spotify account. You’ll see my taste.
14. What are your hobbies?
Gossiping and renovating homes.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Depressed and knitting or probably dead. I’ve tried lots of different things and I’ve always come back to this. Actually, maybe I would run a bed and breakfast.