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1. What's your story? Where are you from?I am a nomad. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and then now I am living in New York, US. I have been moving around for my entire life, and I don’t even know where I will end up living in. I really am a nomad.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.Flowers, beautiful sceneries, organic lines and shapes, and bright colors are the things I love and am intrigued by.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?Although I use a bunch of different media, colored pencils are my all-time favorite. I am deeply fascinated by their textures.
4. What is your artistic process like?I do not draw the whole illustration on paper, but I draw each element separately and collage them using photoshop. I start with a very loose sketch. It is so loose that people barely recognize what it is. And then I move on to the coloring with colored pencils. Then, I digitally collage all the elements and adjust things to tidy them up.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?One of the reasons I love living in New York is that I get to see great artworks and meet great artists. I am influenced and inspired by all the illustrators around me and their works. Also, well-written books and song lyrics are good sources of inspiration.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?I drew to cope with stress and depression when suffered from mental depression. When I first moved to Canada, I felt like I was useless because I didn’t know a single word. Drawing was the language that I could communicate with. Eventually, my drawing became the most fluent language that I can speak.
7. Where did you study?I studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?I do not know where I will end up living in, but one thing for sure is that I will keep drawing and making art in any form. Hopefully, I will be working as a full-time illustrator.
9. What about in ten?Full-time Illustrator earning more money. I also want to run my own business, making stuff like stationeries, textiles and etc.- out of my illustration and design.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I dedicate my illustrations to the people who are hurt by the harsh reality. I believe that art can influence someone’s feeling, day, or life. I want my art to help people coping with stress and depression. I also want to draw to empower and support women in our society.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?If I have to name every single food I love, it would take forever. Well, I am craving sushi rolls and toro nigiri from Vancouver right now. The Japanese restaurants in Vancouver are so delicious and cheap!
12. Favourite book?Recently I started reading Beauty Sick by Renee Engeln. I recommend this book to every woman in the world. This book made me get rid of the unnecessary things I put on every day and helped me concentrate on things that are more important in my life.
13. Favourite genre of music?It really depends on the day I am having.
14. What are your hobbies?I love traveling around the world and experiencing their culture. Last year, I took a gap year and went on a trip to Europe. It was so different from where I was. I learned a lot from the trip, and those memories eventually became a good inspiration for my illustration.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?A flight attendant. I understand it is laborious and tiring to serve customers on the plane, but it would be exciting to travel all around the world, and I am so fascinated by the free flight ticket they get.