(b. 1989, South Korea)

PARK Juae is a mixed media artist who expresses a sense of longing and memory through her hyperrealistic paintings and sculptures.

During her process, Park blends techniques of oriental painting with Western oil painting, particularly acrylic on canvas. Her earlier works depict slate roof houses, construction sites, and torn down homes that can easily be found in her birthplace, Jeju Island. However, during her residency in New York, Park felt distanced from her loved ones and began to see the world in shades of grey. This inspired her more recent pieces, which depict half-man half-beast hybrid forms and question the loneliness we feel in unfamiliar places. Her pieces explore not only what it means to be true to oneself, but also pays homage to the natural motifs of Jeju Island as an outlook for new artistic possibilities.

Park Ju Ae was born in Korea in 1989. In 2014, she graduated with her MA in Western Painting from Jeju National University. The artist has held solo and group exhibitions since 2010 in international museums and galleries such as OH! Emerald Hill (Singapore), Alternative Space Loop (Seoul), Jeju Museum of Art (Jeju Island), Brooklyn NARS Foundation (New York), Gwangju Asia Cultural Center (Gwangju, Korea), Lee Jung-Seop Museum of Art (Jeju Island, Korea), Culture Station Seoul 284 (Seoul), and the United Art Gallery (Seoul) amongst others. She currently lives and works in Jeju Island.

Juae Park's dolls take on a therianthropic, that is half-man half-beast forms. They are not new to her works, as they frequently appeared in her earlier paintings. A Time to Warm My Blood (2016) shows such beings somewhere between a roe and a human in a large bath with a willow tree in the center. Park shares that she wanted to initially draw human facial features, but didn't know how, so she drew the roe instead. Roes are timid animals but have a tendency to lunge at bright lights. Park says she felt like a roe. She borrows the partial figure of a roe as a form of circumlocution as a confession of her own identity, unable to self-define and unable to claim a full upbringing into wholesome adulthood.

This form of zoomorphism is metonymy, a type of circumlocution where a term stands in for an object or concept. It is an act of denial to the original object, while also an act of designation. The charm of metonymy lies in the sentiment and poetic symbolism of the placeholder word. The human form and the animal form combine to gain the special characters and symbolism of the animal. Thus, dolls of half-man half-beasts are not merely zoomorphic depictions of human beings, but a step away from the symbol of the human form.

Solo Exhibitions
2018: Yourself, yours, GALLERY2, Seoul, Korea
2016: A time to warm my blood, Artspace C, Jeju, Korea
Group Exhibitions
2018: SOLO SHOW, Haedam House, Seoul, Korea
2018: Conectivity-jeju, Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea
2018: Oh! open house “Tours Emerald Hill”, Emerald Hill, Singapore
2017: Jeju Biennale “Tourism”, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2017: Lotus Land, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea
2017: Season2 Residency Exhibition, Newyork Brooklyn NARS Foundation, New York, U.S.A
2016: Non profit spaces art festival “AR TOWNS”, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2016: Local to Local-Outbreeding System, Alternative Space Artforum Rhee/OpenSpace Bae,
2016: Dashing through youth, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2015: Art & Asia jeju Exhibition, Jeju convention center, Jeju, Korea
2015: Young Artist Exhibition “on the ground”, Jeju culture and art center, Jeju, Korea
2015: Young Artist Exhibition “farewell”, Lee Jung-Sub art center, Jeju, Korea
2014: “Art stadium”, Jeju sulmundae women’s center, Jeju, Korea
2014: ASIAF, Culture station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea
2014: Jeju Young Artist Exhibition selectinon, Jeju culture and art center, Jeju, Korea
2014: Jeju Island Art contest Grand Prize Artist Exhibition, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2014: “Premature baby, premature baby”, Gang Nam united Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011: Imagination, haning illusions wing, Art space-C, Jeju, Korea
2010: Have a Dream Mother and Daugther Exhibition, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
Award / Residency
2017: NARS(New York Art Residency and studio), New York, U.S.A
2013: Jeju Museum of Art Jeju Island Art contest; Grand Prize, Jeju, Korea
2010-2013: Jeju A Poster Artist of Women’s film Festival, Jeju, Korea

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