Interview: Soha Jeong Kyoung-Mee
Luca Curci talks with Soha Jeong Kyoung-Mee during Venice International Art Fair 2020 at The Room Contemporary Art Space
She originally majored in business administration at university and started working on art relatively late while working in an international company. During her initiation to ceramics, she studied ceramics and glass at the Department of Art Fusion Design at Kyunghee University Graduate School. She is currently working on art that expresses the energy from nature at SOHA Art Studio. The starting point of her work is observation of nature, and to express the beauty of nature as the beauty of art by continuously and simply exploring the form observed in natural objects. Irregular patterns observed in nature can be expressed in simplified forms, or emphasis on spatial composition. Some have a shape, but some express a certain volume pure and simple, such as embodying the energy of nature with a sense of volume. The works “Shingal Lake” and “Forest” can be said to be pictorial landscape painting and glass sculptures rather than simple objects made of glass crafts. For these pieces, I took photo images and then printed them digitally to use as the background surface to create its glass plates. The relief objects have made using the cold cast work method. The dynamic energy of nature, which is not visible in the deep exploration of nature, is expressed in the form of ‘Gyeol‘, showing the intense flow of energy, including the dynamic and inner impassioned of the seemingly static but constantly shaking nature. ‘Gyeol’ is the wind, the flow of energy, and its traces.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
SOHA Jeong Kyoung-Mee – The ‘Gyeol’ of the invisible energy of nature is captured in three-dimensional and flat surfaces using glass and photographs,
and the work is currently in collaboration with the work of grafting mother-of-pearl on glass.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SJKM – The starting point of my work is to observation of nature, and expresses the beauty of nature as the beauty of art by continuously
and simply exploring the forms observed in natural objects.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
SJKM – I think that the role of the artist is to present it visually and simply so that it can develop correctly in the modern society that changes quickly and rotates irregularly. I think modern art is the direction to go to make it easier for the public to understand and feel comfortable while inspiring all construction departments or industries based on this.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
SJKM – The moving wind and the passage of time are invisible. Nature repeats itself and has infinite, irregular repetitions, but when viewed from a distance, it looks calm and does not move. However, if you look into it, you will see nature constantly shaking. This constantly shaking and moving in the calm. The nature’s dynamism is energy that is inspired by it.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
SJKM – The works currently exhibited focus on the dynamics of nature. It not only focuses on the positive aspects of nature, but also expresses nature destroyed by industry. For example, I worked on the good air from nature that contrasts with nature destroyed by the attack of industrial fine dust.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you? In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
SJKM – The best thing about the Venice Art Fair was that it showcases paintings, sculptures, photographic art, installations, video art and live performances. I also try to be open minded so that there are no restrictions or limitations on expressing art by using various materials and methods in my work.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
SJKM – I feel grateful that you do for protecting art and thank for suggesting an exhibition even in the world widespread covid-19.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
SJKM – If there is a good exhibition, I would like to work together anytime. Please suggest a good exhibition. Due to the time difference between Korea and Italy, I could not make a direct call and contacted you by email, but the person in charge always answered my questions and questions with quick answers. Her kind and detailed response relieved all my anxiety.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID Group?
SJKM – I know they are exhibiting on various subjects. I hope you will continue to have good exhibits in the future.