Kathy Park

Outside the Box

September 5 - September 27, 2023

Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2023, 6-8 PM

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California-based Korean-American painter Kathy Park explores the fundamental struggles of humankind through a surreal, symbol-rich aesthetic. Transcending literal depiction, her work blurs the line between wake and dreams, mining images and hallucinations from the deepest subconscious. The series titled Places He Takes Me was inspired by observing her daughter while sleeping, which raised questions on the unplumbed territory of oneiric visions. In slumber, we do not have full control of our thoughts and actions and enter the realm of the unknown. Park envisaged surreal landscapes, where forms collapse and colors blend into biomorphic abstraction, giving life to grotesque narratives of confusion, fear, and disorientation. Symbolism is also a powerful expedient in Park’s oeuvre, such as the goat found in the Settling In series. In reference to the Old Testament’s scapegoat, the animal stands as a metaphor for humankind’s struggle in finding their own identity. Carrying the sins of humanity, it roams in the wilderness or hides in abandoned places on a journey toward understanding and expiation. Through personal psychic investigations the artist sparks universal recognition, illustrating the unifying predicament of all beings. In so doing, she inspires belongingness and hope in resolving our inherent existential dilemma.

Park received a BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia. She exhibited widely in the United States and designed illustrations for various publications. She lives and works in Corona, California.

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Kathy Park

Outside the Box

September 5 - September 27, 2023

Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2023, 6-8 PM

I Want You To Stay IV (Probability)
I Want You To Stay IV (Probability)

Oil & graphite on canvas
30" x 40"

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California-based Korean-American painter Kathy Park explores the fundamental struggles of humankind through a surreal, symbol-rich aesthetic. Transcending literal depiction, her work blurs the line between wake and dreams, mining images and hallucinations from the deepest subconscious. The series titled Places He Takes Me was inspired by observing her daughter while sleeping, which raised questions on the unplumbed territory of oneiric visions. In slumber, we do not have full control of our thoughts and actions and enter the realm of the unknown. Park envisaged surreal landscapes, where forms collapse and colors blend into biomorphic abstraction, giving life to grotesque narratives of confusion, fear, and disorientation. Symbolism is also a powerful expedient in Park’s oeuvre, such as the goat found in the Settling In series. In reference to the Old Testament’s scapegoat, the animal stands as a metaphor for humankind’s struggle in finding their own identity. Carrying the sins of humanity, it roams in the wilderness or hides in abandoned places on a journey toward understanding and expiation. Through personal psychic investigations the artist sparks universal recognition, illustrating the unifying predicament of all beings. In so doing, she inspires belongingness and hope in resolving our inherent existential dilemma.

Park received a BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia. She exhibited widely in the United States and designed illustrations for various publications. She lives and works in Corona, California.

I Want You To Stay IV (Probability)
I Want You To Stay IV (Probability)
I Want You To Stay II (Thereafter)
I Want You To Stay II (Thereafter)
I Want You To Stay
I Want You To Stay
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Outside the Box | September 5 - September 27, 2023

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas