30 UPSTAIRS COLLECTION: SUJI PARK

In  May  this  year  Suji  Park  exhibited  at  Ivan  Anthony  Gallery,  Auckland.  Two  of  Park’s  totem  like  sculptures  from  the  show  have  been  added  to  the  30  Upstairs  collection.

Suji  Park  is  a  graduate  from  Elam  and  it  was  her  show  ‘That  Which  Opens’  at  Brett  McDowell  Gallery,  Dunedin  in  May  2011  that  really  got  people  excited.  In  the  short  space  of  a  year  her  work  has  developed  beautifully.  Her  figures  encompass  intricate  painted  designs  alongside  decorative  surface  detail.

Metallic  gold  paint  has  been  worked  into  the  surface,  or  rubbed  back?  Whatever  her  technique  the  overall  effect  ages  these  new  works  and  they  could  sit  just  as  comfortably  in  the ancient artifacts section in the Auckland Museum  as  they  do  a  white  cube  gallery  space.  The  sculptures  are  somewhat  primitive  in  form,  they  sit  on  a  slight  lean,  a  little  wonky  and  awkward.  Their  faces  depict  despair  and  strain  despite  their  luscious  layers  of  rich  pigment  prints.  Limbless  ladies  hooded  or  cloaked  either  way  covered  from  the world with  only  their  curious  expressions  as  clue  to  being  human.

Park’s  herself  refers  to  the  process  of  creating  the  sculptures  in  clay  with  her  hands  as  naive  adding:

“I  let  my  hands  make  the  form  first.  It’s  a  primitive  way  of  working.  When  they  are  not  painted  and  do  not  have  any  details  on  them  they  look  like  stones  or  very  raw  materials  sitting  on  the  studio  bench.”    SP – From ARTZONE

These  two  sculptures  are  currently  in  the  office  at  30  Upstairs  and  we  encourage  you  to  come  and  have  a  close  inspection  at  these  treasures.

Words by Jade Townsend

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