Interview: Soha Jeong Kyoung-Mee
Luca Curci talks with Soha Jeong Kyoung-Mee during Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair 2021, 2nd Edition, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Soha Jeong Kyoung-Mee 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 observing nature expressing 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 with 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, she took photo images and then printed them digitally to use as the background surface to create its glass plates. The relief objects have been 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 is art for you?
Soha Jeong Kyoung-Mee – Comfort. When I work, I feel the most stable of mind, but I want the viewer to feel at ease and feel a sense of stability in my work after work.
LC – What’s your background?
SJKM – The starting point of my work is to observing nature and expressing the beauty of nature as the beauty of art by continuously and simply exploring the forms observed in natural objects.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SJKM – About 15 years ago, many people, including myself, were exposed to environmental pollution and lost their health and even their lives due to the wrong products in the daily life of a global conglomerate. We call this the “humidifier disinfectant incident”. I realized how important the good environment and good air that nature gives me. On the contrary, I realized how dangerous chemicals are to humans. After that, my work began to study and express the energy of nature, which is constantly given.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
SJKM – Blowing wind, flowing river, swaying trees… and observe everything that breathes. And get inspired by it all.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
SJKM – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not easy to exhibit artists like me, and people have a rare opportunity to see works of art. That’s why I created my own exhibition space to display my works. If you come to Korea after the pandemic is over, please stop by Soha Gallery in Seoul.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
SJKM – The dynamic energy of nature, which is invisible in the exploration of nature, is expressed in the form of ‘Gyeol’, showing the dynamism of nature that seems static but constantly shaking and the fierce flow of energy including inner impassioned. From the form of ‘feeling’ this flow of energy by melting and refining glass, I am working to the form of ‘meeting’ the “Gyeol” of the polished glass with a photograph of nature. In the future, I am working on matching other natural materials.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SJKM – I will commend the ITSLIQUID GROUP for hosting such an event in a difficult situation.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?-
SJKM – It is always a pleasure to cooperate with you and I want to participate again in a good exhibition.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
SJKM – I am always watching. I wish you good luck!!