For In Kyoung Chun, home is her place of rest and recovery, and Table illustrates her search for personal and artistic identity in an intimate moment from daily life. A minimalistic depiction of recently-cooked rice on a table evokes different stories Chun wants to tell the viewer. For instance, her choice of saekdong (combination of color strips consisting of primary colors in Korean traditional attire) for rice, which is a primary food ingredient in Korean cuisine even among Korean diaspora in U.S., shows her identity deeply embedded in traditional culture. Fresh steam coming from the pot and table setting at night implies her identity as mother, waiting for family members to join.
Atlanta-based In Kyoung Chun makes art in hopes of inspiring people to take action in this troubling sociopolitical climate. Her current work depicts intimate, personal spaces in daily life. While juxtaposing simple forms and familiar objects through painting and sculpture, Chun discovers life's optimism and peace - even in its most chaotic and complex settings. Chun believes that discovering and recognizing the sweetness in our everyday lives is essential, and channels this fundamental human quality through art. Domestic scenes and memory-building moments, such as family celebrations, birthday cakes and deeply personal details, are vivid images in her work.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Chun studied psychology in college. When she first moved to the US, she took up painting and became an artist. Constantly looking for warmth and belonging in a foreign land, she uses painting and sculpture to build safe, quiet spaces that we all crave.
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