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