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.