By observing micro- and macro narratives in my personal life and the social and environmental situation, I translate these observations into visual questions about the relationship between memory and perception. My work represents that memory and perception remain associated, each one works for mutual deepening.
Houses in which I lived contain compressed time of my life. The house is not experienced from day to day only, on the thread of a narrative, or in the telling of my own story or someone’s story. My painting of empty rooms tells that memories are so meaningful and so vanity in life at the same time. By drawing the space belong to me and to you in the past or future, I capture my momentary life according to place and store them as abstract images so long on the line of ongoing history of human life. Because I draw them only by my memories, the space becomes an imaginary space, which holds emotional experiences moving past to present or present to future. Also memories in the past came to dwell in a new house as well.
Artist Bio / CV
Heejung Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1979, lives and works in New York City. Cho received a BFA in Sculpture from Seoul National University, South Korea and relocated to the United States to continue MFA at Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University in 2003. She attended Vermont Studio Program and Beijing Studio Center, China and Triangle Workshop, Brooklyn, NY for residency programs in 2006 and participates in Painting Studio 122 Residency for 2007-2008. She has received Dodge Foundation Fellowship for Vermont Studio Program and Art Council Korea fund, South Korea for PS122 program for 2007-2008. Her work has been widely exhibited in Korea, China and U.S., including solo shows in Seoul and Beijing in 2007 and in Smart gallery, NY in 2006 and numerous group shows internationally.