Jeong Min Park is a New York-based artist. She received her MFA from Long Island University and Suwon University, South Korea. She had 15 solo exhibitions and participated in several groups shows internationally including USA, China, and South Korea.
Jeong Min Park’s paintings are closely aligned with abstract art, but not completely abstract because she feels that this style is insufficient to express her ideas and imagination. She believes in reincarnation, meaning we live in the present, in the past, and will live again. In her paintings, each line and dot have different meanings within this spiritual cycle. Each gesture represents and connects her past, present, and future memories that will be part of that life whether it’s good or bad.
Jeong Min starts painting with an abstract process. However, after many layers, images begin to emerge that look like landscapes. She overlaps and repeats many layers that represent many relationships and experiences that made her who she became now. Painting for her is less about a realistic depiction and more about translating the vision or essence that originally inspired her.
This exhibition will feature Jeong Min’s recent works and the paintings from the “Autogenesis” and “Come Empty, Return Empty” series she has continuously developed.
Jeong Min uses Korean color pigments on a thin, soft canvas that brings a similar look to traditional Asian painting on silk or paper. Her works are closely aligned with abstract art but not wholly abstract. Multiple overlapping layers create meditative and tranquil visuals, resembling the mountain scenery or wave in the sea. In her painting, each layer connects to the underlying lines that represent the reincarnation of past and present.
“My life connects to the past and present, and it will connect to the future. I use many layers because they are similar to my memories. I have many relationships and experiences, and all help make me who I am now. Painting for me is less about a realistic depiction and more about translating the expressionistic vision or essence that originally inspired me.
In my work, I paint backgrounds without thinking about the color. I pick up the first color. Then, I paint the shape that is naturally inspired by that color. I look at that shape and make several layers. I concentrate on the emotion of the colors. For example, when I am excited and energized, I pick up a bright color and start painting. The color is my feeling and expression.
- Jeong Min Park
To learn more about artist Jeong Min Park, please visit www.jeongminjimin.org.