My family was sponsored for immigration by my dad’s pediatrician sister who completed her residency in New York on her student visa and subsequently became a naturalized US citizen. We landed in Tom Bradley International Airport, Los Angeles, on a bright April afternoon. I was eleven years old, hence becoming what they call an 1.5 generation Korean American.
When it was time to go to college, I got accepted to RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and UCLA, and chose the latter and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
I worked as a graphic designer in branding, packaging and entertainment for the most of my post-college career, working on projects for consumer goods packaging and movie studio clients like ConAgra, Oscar Meyers, Disney, Fox Entertainment, Lionsgate and more.
A few days before Christmas, 2014, I moved to Portland, Oregon–the first and only one in the family to move out of California. Here, I got back into art and illustration–after a perennial disruption caused by my choice of college–amassing a body of work that you now see on this website.
Jewelry making is something that I started about five years ago purely out of curiosity for the business of making and selling. I still haven’t figured out the best way to integrate it with my art. I hope for a point of convergence in the near future, where there is a comprehensive cohesion to all disciplines of my work. Or maybe, eventually, things will work themselves out on their own. Sometimes that seems to be the best way.