A public garden & cultural center

Jung Eun Park

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Pictured above: Denizens, 2017, acrylic and colored pencil on plastic sheet, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill. Photo: Stefan Hagen. 

Emerging from the window in the North Gallery, Denizens represents a flock of imaginary beings descending on Wave Hill’s landscape. The figures are a combination of forms found in plant, animal and human ecology. Using thin plastic sheets, Park created constructions that have the look and texture of paper. These organic, hybrid sculptures, animated by the light streaming in through the windows, evoke the mystery and beauty of the natural world.

Paper Menagerie
Sunroom Project Space | March 8–April 20, 2008

Paper Menagerie, 2008, paper, colored pencils, paint, varnish, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Jung Eun Park transforms the intimate space of the Sunroom with a collection of delicately hand-embossed paper objects that she calls "a flock of new fauna". Hinged somewhere between painting and sculpture, these hand-embossed paper shapes are crafted with meticulous detail. Park's inventive process involves carefully painting and drawing upon sheets of paper before treating them with varnish and stitching them into evocative shapes. The resulting forms are distinctly ethereal. Hung on thin line and suspended in mid-air, they are animated by the light that streams in through the Sunroom windows and the juxtaposition offered by the expansive views of Wave Hill's grounds.

For this work, Park culls imagery from a variety of sources: botanical exhibits, microscope slides and scientific illustration, to name a few. Intended to reference a multitude of ecological forms, both floral and aquatic, her constructions are ultimately free from origin and nomenclature; they are strange organic hybrids that effectively evoke the enigmatic beauty of the natural world.



Paper Menagerie, 2008, paper, colored pencils, paint, varnish, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.