Jung Eun Park is a Korean artist based in New York who focuses her work on pencil and thread drawing on Korean paper. Missing Home is a series of artworks realized between 2009 and 2013. This is what she tells about the project:
“Mostly my work has been about a relationship with my mother since I moved to New York and being separated from my family in a long distance. It became interests about a difficulty of communication, a fear of unconnected relationship, and a burden of being independent. I express my mentality caused by these problems with symbolic objects, human body and red thread in my drawing.
Since I moved to different cities and countries, I’ve been obsessed about home physically and psychologically. In recent work, I simplify a shape of house and objects, and rearrange them in different situations. The embroidered houses are connected each other by thread and get joined with another object, which I found from everyday life or new environment. Simplified and symbolized objects, such as a house, a yarn ball, grasses or threads are altered conceptually in my drawing so that their meanings and original uses are re-purposed and make a story of what I want to talk about. My drawings are simply the record of my intimate life, but also imply the psychological narratives of human being living in a new environment”.
Text and images © Jung Eun Park