A native of South Korea, I immigrated to the United States with my family in 1982, most of my knowledge of this mother country and the rural farmland I was born on are locked in memories from my childhood. As a result, my work today is indelibly marked by the remembrances and the childlike awe which shaped them.

Living most of my life thereafter in New York City, I am trying to maintain connections to my early upbringing, finding parallels to those strong ties in new ones I would develop through my formative years. With imagery grounded in the visions from my youth, I am building a body of work tied together, by the delicate (yet dependable) and robust (yet fickle) bonds that make and break us at our cores. 

After earning my B.F.A. at the Cooper Union, I became an arts educator. In 2005, I earned my M.F.A. in New Forms at the Pratt Institute then an M.S. in Environmental Science at the College of Staten Island in 2007.  I continue my personal and artistic pursuit  in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Selected Exhibitions

Art on Paper Art Fair, represented by 3 Walls, Pier 36, NY (March 5-8, 2020)

3 Walls Pop Up, 269 Baltic Street Brooklyn, NY  (November 22-23, 2019)

IA&A at Hillyer, Washington DC, Flesh and Bone  (July 2019)

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, NY, Art Artists & You (June 2017- December 2019)

Wave Hill Sunroom Projects, NY, Call & Response (September- December 2017 )

Ray Gallery, DUMBO, Fertile Ground  (May - June 2017)

Drawing Rooms, NJ, The Innocence of Trees: This Woods Remembers (April - June 2017)

Samek Art Museum, PA, Respirations (March - June 2015)

The Shed Space, NY, Matter and Memory: Drawings and Objects, curated by Bill Beirne  (June 2014)

Brooklyn Museum, NY, Go Brooklyn (December 2012 - February 2013)

Wave Hill, NY, Sunroom Projects: The Fight (September - October 2012 )

Donnell Library Windows of Chashama, NYC, Budding Grove (January - February 2011)

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