Q&A with Ji Su Kwak

"With a focus on the United States' long-established cultural colonialism in South Korea, I approach politically charged public commodities such as a safety fence, newspaper, and flagpoles through linguistic and symbolic reconstruction."

Safety First - MDF, wall paint, spray paint, varnish, cement, graphite, and door hinges 71.3 x 382.8 x 11 in.
Born in: 1993, South Korea
Lives in: Chicago, USA
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
Media: Sculpture, Digital Media, Performance, Installation, Video, Textile Arts
See More Work: www.jisukwak.com
Untitled (Praying Bench) - Walnut, masonite sheets, gears, steel rods, aluminum block, velvet, varnish, vinyl coated polyester, cotton rope, and a perforated golf ball 33.5 x 72 x 72 in.
CFA: What themes does your work deal with? 
J.S.K.:  The deeply-rooted power dynamics between South Korea and the United States that are embedded in everyday objects.
CFA: Describe your creative process.
J.S.K.:  I use a wide range of materials particularly wood, metal, and fiber that would best imitate and transfer the original form of a chosen object. All decisions commit to the existing regulation in its measurement, color, and material with small adjustments to its form and functionality: combining different objects into one; removing and rearranging inscribed text and image, and reinventing or rejecting a function.

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This interview was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist