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Seongmin Ahn
Inter-Relation Selfie 208, representational work on paper, gun with flowers

2015

$3,450

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Seongmin Ahn Inter-Relation Selfie 208 2015 Ink and color on mulberry paper ------------ The essence of Ahn's work begins from the conception of complicated personal struggles as a spouse, an immigrant and an outsider artist in New York. Through creating process, she contemplate both her daily issues and fundamental matters, thus transferring those into physical representation while asking meaningful questions to her audiences about life as reality, relation between people, spiritual being and transcendence. Ahn is interested in pushing boundaries of traditionalism, thus opening up new dialogue in global context. Through this dialogue she encourage her audience to think about inter-connectedness between tradition and contemporary, West and East, and two contradictory elements. Contradiction, and Paradox is also a main key to understand her works. She uses iconography from Minhwa, Korean folk paintings from 19th century, juxtaposing them with unpredictable objects from either another tradition or daily surroundings to create interesting narratives in each painting. ------------ Seongmin Ahn received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Asian traditional painting from Seoul National University in Seoul Korea and then received her second M.F.A from Mount Royal, Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work takes Asian traditional painting as starting point and transforms it into something experimental with her own interpretation bridging tradition and contemporary, and East and West. Minhwa, Korean folk painting from 19 century, is recent inspiration, where she expands her territory with her whimsical and surrealistic interpretation. Ahn held numerous exhibitions, nationally and internationally. She is a two times grant recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the first prize winner from the AHL Foundation, Visual Art Competition. Her exhibition has been also reviewed on Washington Post (Washington D.C.), the Philadelphia Inquirer, NY Arts Magazine, Baltimore Sun (Baltimore), Plain Dealer (Cleveland) and other press outlets.

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