You must first login or register to follow this artist.

b. 1989, South Korea

Juae Park Biography

From paintings and soft sculptures of hybrid forms to playful yet poignant ceramics of the pregnant body, Juae Park engages with the complex and mysterious realms of human experience and interiority.

Read More

Earlier Works

Born and raised in Jeju Island, Juae Park graduated from Jeju National University in 2014. Park moved frequently during this period, which drew her attention to the process of moving and the inevitable traces she left behind in her former houses. Park's early paintings, highly detailed and dreamlike, often depict objects floating around houses, hinting at the stories of the unknown occupants of buildings commonly found in Jeju.

Hybrid Forms

Half-human and animal forms recur throughout Juae Park's works, as seen in A Time to Warm My Blood (2016). In the painting, hybrid beings with human bodies and deer heads populate a large bath—seemingly suspended in a white void—with a willow tree at its centre. The work stems from the artist's identification with the deer, a common wild animal in Korea that often ends up as roadkill because of its tendency to jump into bright lights, which Park deployed as a metaphor for her uncertainty regarding her own identity and sense of self.

Juae Park's hybrid forms developed into stuffed dolls in Yourself, yours, her solo exhibition at Seoul's GALLERY2 in 2019. The works featuring an elongated human form encased inside a fish (Human Fish (2018)) and an astronaut with a bear's head (Armstrong Bear (2018)) have their roots in a residency Park undertook in New York during 2017, at the beginning of which she created a stuffed cotton bust of her boyfriend out of loneliness and homesickness.

In Yourself, yours, the hybrid dolls refer not only to her boyfriend but also to her mother and close friends, embodying the relationship between the artist and her loved ones as well as the way in which they reciprocally define one another.

Ceramics

After a failed effort at in-vitro fertilisation in 2019, Juae Park began working with ceramics as a means of coming to terms with her loss. The resulting shapes are reminiscent of reproductive organs and the pregnant body, and include uteruses, breasts, foetuses, swollen bellies, and eggs as recurring motifs. Ranging from small- to medium-scale, Park's ceramic works are gentle and humorous, while simultaneously invoking a sense of longing.

Park presented her ceramics in her 2020 solo exhibition, Breast Milk, at Setangarum, Jeju, followed by Parkjuae at GALLERY2 in 2021. A pair of petite figures sit side by side in Jju and Jju (2021)—a diminutive term for women's breasts in Korean—with a nipple protruding from the centre of their faces; Small Baby, another work from 2021, shows an armless figure with a gap in its abdomen, from which a smaller figure seems to be crawling out over its breasts.

Parkjuae also featured paintings populated by round forms evocative of her ceramic sculptures. Bulbous creatures tenderly kiss and poke one another in Touch, while a single egg sits comfortably in the middle of Egg Drawing, surrounded by wiggling lines that resemble both sperm and small hands (both 2021).

Exhibitions

Juae Park has shown her works in numerous group exhibitions, including Connectivity-Jeju, Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul (2018); Jeju Biennale 2017: Tourism, Jeju Museum of Art (2017); Lotus Land, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2017); and Dashing Through Youth, Jeju Museum of Art (2015).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2021

Juae Park Featured Artworks

View All (41)
Womb Drawing 5 by Juae Park contemporary artwork painting
Juae Park Womb Drawing 5, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
116.8 x 91 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery
Womb Drawing 3 by Juae Park contemporary artwork painting
Juae Park Womb Drawing 3, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
162.2 x 130.3 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery
Womb Drawing 2 by Juae Park contemporary artwork painting
Juae Park Womb Drawing 2, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
116.8 x 80.3 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery
Touch by Juae Park contemporary artwork painting
Juae Park Touch, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
116.8 x 91 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery
Egg Drawing by Juae Park contemporary artwork painting
Juae Park Egg Drawing, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
162.2 x 130.3 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery
Bless 4 by Juae Park contemporary artwork painting
Juae Park Bless 4, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
116.8 x 91 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery
Bless 2 by Juae Park contemporary artwork painting
Juae Park Bless 2, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
162.2 x 130.3 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery
Womb Lady 7 by Juae Park contemporary artwork sculpture
Juae Park Womb Lady 7, 2021 Ceramic
21 x 14 x 14 cm
GALLERY2 Contact Gallery

Juae Park Recent & Recent Exhibition

Juae Park Represented By

GALLERY2 contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
GALLERY2 Jeju, Seoul
Follow Juae Park
Stay ahead.
Receive updates on new artworks,
exhibitions and articles.
Your personal data is held in accordance with our privacy policy.
Follow
Do you have an Ocula account?
Get Access
Join Ocula to request price and availability of artworks, exhibition checklists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Subscribe me to the Ocula newsletter.
I agree to Ocula's Terms & Conditions.
Your personal data is held in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
Do you have an Ocula account? Login
Thank you for joining us. Just one more thing...
Soon you will receive an email asking you to complete registration. If you do not receive it then you can check and edit the email address you entered.
Close
Thank you for joining us.
You can now request price and availability of artworks, exhibition checklists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Close
Welcome back to Ocula
Enter your email address and password below to login.
Login
Don't have an account? Sign Up
I forgot my password
Reset Password
Enter your email address to receive a password reset link.
Reset Link Sent
We have sent you an email containing a link to reset your password. Simply click the link and enter your new password to complete this process.
Login