Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
I am inspired by painful and exhausting situations, fragile or impermanent things that break easily and do not last long, so most of my works are installation or performance which changes as time goes by. I think a lot about the sense of loss and there are two kinds of loss in my work. One is the loss of precious moments and emotions of the past. Since I have so many blissful memories of my childhood related to art, they are the driving force of my artwork and they form the core of my identity. The loss of direction and identity is also present in my work. I have lived a life achieving the goals that are generally considered desirable. Although I was very satisfied with these achievements, I felt like something was missing, like I was losing “direction” to my true self. When I was going through a hard time, art became the darkness that I shared my sorrow with, and the light that shone my darkness. Unlike others who try to ignore and hide their fear and sorrows, I confront my darkness and dive into it. I vent out these negative emotions through my work, and release myself from the pain, so to me making art and doing performance is the one to cure myself.
Thus, I hope that by observing how I dissect and console my grief through my art work, viewers can take time to look back at themselves and relieve their long-hidden sorrows. I want to cure other people through my artworks as I was cured by them.
Chung, Eunhyung, "Recycle bin (trashure)" (2020). Masters Theses. 499.
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