My favorite things

My favorite things

About

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.