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Jung Eun Park


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 Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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