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Nature is the greatest artist and artists have been fascinated by her hand. But it interesting to see how contemporary artists interpret and create with some of the most modern tools available to them. One such artist is Sui Park, an interior architect, born in Seoul, Korea. And living in New York.
At the heart of her creations are her themes that revolve around nature. But the materials that she uses couldn’t be more diverse. She creates phantasmal three-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance, which are dynamic, filled with the possibility of being mystical or illusionary.
Her sculptures are created by primarily using interlocked cable ties and weaved plastic fasteners. Both the mediums are perhaps not the most imaginative to work with. But according to the artist’s mind she is able to weave an end result which mimics the symmetry and fluidity found in nature. The intrinsic texture of the surface, and the textural outcome, coupled with the idea for clusters, is very important to Park – and this comes across in almost all her works.
Why Sui Park?
Sui Park is primarily a trained Interior Architect from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013. And with a BFA degree in Environmental Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Additionally, Sui Park studied Fiber Art at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
Talking about the enthralling biomorphic forms she says – “I weave and connect traces and tracks of the subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, transform them into organic visualizations; I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts.”
For Park – another core concept is the presentation of the intersection of two distinct ideas. One the moments of nature that are breath-taking and the general power that she wields. Where she allows people to explore all that lies within her, inviting and the personal moments that human beings register – in their day – and on their time. She successfully mods her craft around this abstraction.
It is essential to show the passage of time, the change in motion and sentiments in nature as well. The fluid sculptures resemble transformations as well as transitions.
Her work has the studied grace along with a expansive curvature that seems to be molded from air and wire. It is as though she is giving shape to the air itself. Some of her works have the lightness of brushstrokes. The sculpture that is executed comes into existence through a process that encompasses all the precision of handiwork with the largesse of architecture, and involves meticulous planning. For the architect within her, Structure and embodiment are central to her thematic scheme, gorgeous armature is revealed within lattice like constructions.
“A typical building process of basketry is comprised of twist and intertwines. Each step builds a row or plane that comprises a module. Making each module seems routine work, however, when modules are connected, it becomes a form of its own. I believe connected routine steps that form a pattern or a cycle magically leads to a character. Through a connection of repetition, I attempt to capture a moment in time that encapsulates a certain point or steps in a dynamic or evolution. The encapsulation is an abstract form that is not limited to bio microscopic objects, but includes our values and sentiments, memories and expectations that may or may not change.” Sui Park explains her involved process and her conceptual work.
Park has had solo exhibition with Denise Bibro Fine Art gallery and Kingsborough Community College in New York. Additionally, she has been exhibited at this year’s edition of Art Southampton and featured on websites such as Colossal.
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