Spaces in Between

Time sets boundaries from one event to the next, yet it connects them in a continuous flow. My work, Spaces in Between, explores the Japanese time-space concept of ma, which refers to the blankness or the empty space between objects or events, the silence between notes of music or thoughts and moments. It is an interval in time and space, in which a void takes its meaningful place.

My cultural and personal experiences provide the conceptual parameters where creative responses translate the interval of ma into visual forms. Born into a Korean family in Tokyo, Japan, immigrated to the United States as a teenager, and lived in Germany for many years as an adult, I have always identified with "in between-ness". Being in between cultures is an awkward place, not fitting into any one culture completely. Yet, the between-space is where I live. It is a place to negotiate, connect and break the boundaries.

In my studio, the process of painting also takes a conceptual form. Time is very much engraved in the slow ritual of applying multiple layers of translucent paint. Only one layer of paint is applied per day, as the paint needs time to dry. Day after day, I regard the meditative application of each layer as an act of creating a space, which eventually multiplies over time and creates a dimensionality. I am interested in developing sensory experiences through the physicality and the visual expressions of my work that allow the viewer to enter into an imagination of intervals in time and find meaningfulness in between-spaces in this transitory world—the void that exists in time and space as a place of contemplation, rejuvenation, and change.

Spaces in Between Triptych (Turquoise), 2015, Oil and acrylic on panels, 48x144 inches | 1,22mx3,66m Spaces in Between (Turquoise), 2014, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m White Veil No. 3, 2015, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Refraction (Prussian Blue), 2015, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Refraction (Deep Jungle), 2015, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Refraction (Aubergine), 2015, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Void/Emergence Diptych (Lila-Teal-Green), 2014, Oil & acrylic on Dibond, 48x24 inches | 1,22m x 61cm Void/Emergence Diptych (Crimson-Teal-Ultramarine), 2014, Oil & acrylic on Dibond, 48x24 inches | 1,22m x 61cm Void/Emergence (Ochre), 2014, Oil & acrylic on Dibond, 24x24 inches | 61cm x 61cm Spaces in Between (Crimson), 2014, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Spaces in Between Triptych (Green), 2014, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x96 inches | 1,22m x 2,44m Spaces in Between (Deep Purple), 2014, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Spaces in Between (Moss Green), 2014, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Spaces in Between (Yellow), 2014, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Spaces in Between (Green-Ruby), 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Spaces in Between (Bordeaux), 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Spaces in Between (Glacier Blue), 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Spaces in Between (Turquoise Purple), 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Void/Emergence (Amber), 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 36x36 inches | 92cm x 92cm Void/Emergence (Green), 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 36x36 inches | 92cm x 92cm Transience (Blue), 2012, Oil and acrylic on panel, 15x15 inches | 38cm x 38cm Transience (Red), 2012, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches | 1,22m x 1,22m White Veil #2, 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m White Veil #2, 2012, Oil on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Refraction (Green Magenta), 2013, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Refraction (Deep Purple), 2012, Oil on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Refraction (Blue), 2012, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Refraction (Grey Purple), 2012, Oil on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Untitled (Dark Grey), 2012, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m Untitled (Red), 2012, Oil and acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches inches | 1,22m x 1,22m