I work in projects, divided by my interests, meanings and materials. My projects often culminate in series of works categorized under the same title.
In my work, I decipher how experiences of migration have marked me, through surreal imagery, craft and words. As I observe and reflect on the new environments and my relationships with them, problems of social and psychological adaptation as an immigrant and woman are quietly represented within the narrative of my work.
Some of my inspiration stems from Asian folklore, mythology, and religious iconography that heavily influenced my childhood. By weaving my own personal mythology into my work, I investigate the psychology of the self, which revolves around changes in personal, social, and cultural environments. Meanwhile, conflicts arising between different social and cultural expectations towards women’s behavior and manners are often demonstrated in the images of troubled young girls and wild animals in my work. The cycle of birth, marriage, and regeneration I experience as a woman is another central theme and particular interest.
My process involves not only traditional drawing but also many crafting skills, including collage, sewing and embroidery. In forms, I am interested in combining both Eastern and Western decorative and folk art, such as Korean Minhwa, American quilt, and Islamic geometrical patterns. By merging elements of decorative design and techniques in folk art and craft from around the world into fine art, I explore the boundary between art, design, and craft.
While navigating the complex relationship among society, culture and identity, I attempt to embody a harmonious and unique cultural hybrid in my work.
- Suyeon Na