Sunhee Kim Jung
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Although my passion is art, my priority is to live a life of a good human being that can contribute to this world with a positive impact. There are so many beautiful things in the world. The nature is beautiful and all the creatures are beautiful. Only when people break the rules, destruction of nature can take place causing pain and ugliness.

That is how I see the world and nature. We are creatures that share this world with other creatures and if either suffers, the other suffers as well. And as an artist, my contribution is through the action of art. I believe colors and forms of nature holds the power to heal the hurt.

Traveling is one of my favorites, and after having been to many parts of the world, I saw that it is quite common for someone to desire to move to his/her "dream" place. This could be realized by immigrating to that dream place, working hard to settle down, trying to immerse and assimilate to his/her new surroundings. Witnessing a lot of people doing these gave me the opportunity to reflect my own self as a first generation immigrant, in the same shoes.

The mouse you see in my painting is not welcomed by anyone nor liked very much. It symbolizes "immigrants" working hard and trying to overcome various socio-economic challenges. The mouse is "afraid" and "weak" but is treated at the same time as a "character" with its own idiosyncratic feelings. It gets assimilated to nature and gets healed by nature just as we do.

The title of my piece is "Sanctuary," which is a part of a series. It is my sincere wish that the feelings of "freedom" and "restfulness" I felt while I worked get conveyed to all who are looking at my piece.

2023 Sunhee Kim Jung