Year of Residency: September - December 2015
Suji Park, a New Zealand–Korean artist, works across a range of media including fired and unfired clay embellished with gold leaf, tempera, garnet, pigment and mica epoxy to create works ranging from iridescent abstract forms to intricately subjective figurative sculpture.
Suji Park takes up her residency in spring 2015. “I am eager to begin my residency at McCahon House. The three-month period will afford me a much needed period of research and reflection in order to work on recent developments of my practice. I am looking forward to living and working in the same space and in an environment that will inspire me”.
Suji Park is a New Zealand-Korean contemporary artist based in Auckland.
Parks enigmatic practice follows a cyclical intuitive approach to materiality involving a mode of destruction and reconstitution of her media. Her sculptural works range of iridescent abstract forms to intricately subjective figurative sculpture.
From Park’s gestural interaction with matter issue vestiges of fragmented narrative fabricated from personal, historical and spiritual sources. These elusive threads have led her to explore an interest in archaeological relics and inquire into concepts of alchemical processes.
Park works across a range of media including fired and unfired clay embellished with gold leaf, tempera, garnet, pigment and mica epoxy. She explores both traditional and unconventional methodologies in an autobiographical collision between artist and media. Park skillfully imbues her reconstituted sculptures with new life by accenting subtleties, nuances and interactions between these opposing elements to form new histories and new cultures.
Park completed an MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2013, has held numerous solo exhibitions, contributed to work to various group shows and art events throughout Australasia.
Articles and Reviews
Suji Park's Chunk, Elongated Aggregate Sculpture by John Hurrell – Eye Contact 24 February, 2014
The Allure of Matter by Virginia Were - Artnews NZ Spring 2015
Updated June 2016
Group exhibition: 647nM, Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland, May - Jun 2016.