1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Hi, I’m Nahye Jung, Illustrator, living in Seoul, South Korea. It’s been about a year since I started drawing illustrations. I prefer manual than digital painting and specially paint with watercolour.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
My work begins from the impotent feelings perceived through various relationships and occasions that a human experiences from life. However, it implies the feeling is not the end that pushes you into the bottomless pit but it can be another starting point.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I started painting after being charmed by colour, not shape. Therefore, watercolour is mainly used, and I think it is the best medium that can express many ways of transparency after mixing different colours. It is also attractive to express the picture with the touch of a brush and the feeling of the tone that comes out by chance overlapping the background colour. My work does not feel very thick when viewed on the web, but when viewed in reality, each has a different texture depending on the degree of the layers of the paints.
4. What is your artistic process like?
In the past, I liked the format of paintings that were smoothly expressed and neatly arranged, but these days I am interested in the movement of the brush that occurs in the middle of painting. Thus, if the results of the past were little rigid, these days, it feels a little more natural from the middle of the painting. Rather than stacking it transparently, I create the result by stacking the layers of the painting a little thicker, and in the process, I feel both calm and free.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
Nothing fascinates my mind more than the beautiful scenery. My paintings reflect the subtle colors of nature, as well as the natural space, and my image in it, or a number of unspecified images, and I want that image to be expressed as an abstract image rather than a specific event.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art allows me to let go of the sense of helplessness that always exists in my normal daily life, and it allows me to open my own room door by accepting and acknowledging it occasionally.
7. Where did you study?
I majored in fine art at Kookmin University in Seoul, and I used to do installation work.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
My sister was an editor at a publishing company. In the past, we agreed to make one book together, but nothing has happened yet. In 5 years, I hope that my sister’s writings and my drawings will become one good book. I, also, want to work on illustrations that capture the stories of different people in more diverse ways.
9. What about in ten?
I hope to continue working on it 10 years later. Although I worked on fine art, there was a time when I did other jobs, got married, gave birth to children, and raised children, and thought that I had no connection with painting at all. However, now that I see myself drawing a different picture like this, I would have nothing to hope for if I’ve been working steadily after 10 years. Except, in a more advanced form than now.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
As I get older, I find unexpected comfort in the process of accepting problems in my daily life as it is, rather than overcoming it dramatically or overcoming it with a strong will. It would be nice if those who watched the paintings could share my attitude and feel comfortable and rested.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Crispy Kimchi Jeon on a rainy day.
12. Favourite book?
I like novels. I can’t pick one of my favorite books, but recently, I enjoyed reading the book, “The Heart of Gyeong-ae”, by Kim, Geum-hee.
13. Favourite genre of music?
I truly love radio. Love to hear old pop songs such as Cindy Lofer, Billy Joel, and John Lennon, along with djs’ trifling jokes. Among Korean singers, I like the songs of Lucid Fall and No Reply.
14. What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are drinking coffee, imagination or daydreaming, talking with family, and watching same movies again.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Well… I think being a theatre actor or a voice actor will be cool. I would like to be a writer too.