To prepare for the upcoming art show in Studio Crescendoh, this Saturday night, I prepared my very first Artist's Statement.
I've hung it with my 6 pieces that I'm showing and as reflected in my statement, my hope is that these works are authentic to who and where I am. I love these works.
I didn't intend for all six to have a unifying thread but it ended up that they did. These works, which were all started and completed in 2012, were made with a muse named Jeung. And to explain the muse, I made a collection statement as follows:
I'm proud to be joining the other talented artists who have worked hard all year long with me to experiment with methods while unearthing our authentic voices. Each artist will have their works hung for public viewing this Saturday night.
The FREE and festive event will be from 7:00-10:00 PM at:
207 N. Broadway St., Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Wine. Cheese. Twinkle lights. Original art. Restaurants open for Downtown Art Walk with all art galleries open. Live music.
Hope you'll come by and say hello.
by Jenny Doh
October 2012 • Santa Ana, CA
That I have dipped a paintbrush into paint and then swiped
it onto canvas, that I have crocheted yarn and stitched it onto the same
canvas, that I have pierced through it with a sharp needle, that I have written
on it with pen, pencil, and ink, that I have hated it, loved it, almost thrown
it away, but instead saved it and nurtured it and reinvented it …
Means ultimately that I have
worked really hard to create original art and in the process, express what I
hope is an authentic representation of who I am and where I am.
That you are looking at these works, that you might like it,
that you may even love it, that you might see something interesting or
important through it …
Means that through art, we are
intersecting and interacting with one another in one of the most creative ways
possible as we journey on this earth to explore not only “who I am,” but the
fascinating possibilities of “who we are together.”
Thank you for viewing my art.
Edit in: Collection Statement
By Jenny Doh
In Korean culture, the one that I was raised in, the term “I
love you” is hardly ever expressed in everyday life. When it is expressed, it
is rare and almost seen as being melodramatic … a phrase that belongs more in a
movie scene rather than real life.
Jeung is a concept within Korean culture that is very close
to love … but not quite. It is about the deep fondness between two people that
develops through time, familiarity, esteem, and regard. If it were to be love,
it would likely be philos—the strand of love based on the Greek term that is
rooted in friendship. But I would argue that jeung also has the ability to
become eros-like and agape-like.
I view jeung to be more powerful than love, because it is
something that develops not at first sight, but through time, which is the
requisite to truly getting to know someone. However, just because you spend
time getting to know someone does not mean that you develop jeung. You can know
a person for a lifetime and have nothing but disdain for him or her.
For this collection, my muse was jeung. A concept that is
kind of like love, but much more than love.