Sun Park / ABOUT

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Sun Park is a visual artist currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Art at San Francisco State University, where she taught digital art, and co-founded the Art Student Union.

She has recently shown her visual art at Aggregate Space (Oakland, CA), Applied Contemporary (Oakland, CA), Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture at Arc gallery (San Francisco, CA) CCAC (Davis, CA), Port Angeles Fine Art Center (Port Angeles, WA), Bolivar Art Gallery (University of Kentucky), the Martin Wong gallery (SFSU), and performed at 41 Ross (San Francisco, CA). Her work was published in The Ana’s Yearbook #1. She was a community reader at several Kearny Street Workshop events, and at The Ana and Take Place’s joint event this fall.

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The environments I create invite viewers into a deeply intimate internal space, an embodied space that exists beyond symbols. With no solid ground or single point of origin, my work leaves room for the unknown and calls on the viewers’ intuition.

Through interactive installation and video, I consider entangled bodies—human bodies, animal bodies, bodies of water, divine bodies, or a community—and the physical sensation of their porosity. Layers of touch, sight, sound, color, and texture divulge a process of growth and decay.  Viewers touch slime and sand, skin meeting skin, soft and cool. Animate blobs pulse, dirt trickles from secret cavities, fluids drip from ducts, amorphous forms spill into each other. Permeable containers morph and atrophy, transforming through stages of purification, obliteration, and resurrection. Dredged up from the depths, distorted in mud, reanimated in bright color, the origin becomes unrecognizable.

My objects, installations, videos, and writing combine to create mythological worlds. I construct new narratives where I explore forms drawn from my personal and ancestral spiritual/religious history. The objects and text shape each other, interdependent forms that are mutually connected in an unending cycle. From this relationship, I hope to create a way of making meaning that allows for complexity, where knowing happens through multiple interactions. Language creates distance from the body, and direct touching of the object brings viewers into their bodies. This oscillation between near and far and creates space for the erotic.

My work is an invitation to be enchanted and humbled in our bodies. I gently refute the tenants of Western embodiment and discrete individualism by recognizing porous, entangled, changing bodies. When the surface of a body meets the surface of an environment, they seep through borders, and flow into each other.

Sun Park / ABOUT