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Suyeon Na
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park

ARTIST STATEMENT: I investigate psychology of the self, which revolves around the change of personal, social and cultural environments. I have traveled across different cities and created works since I moved to the U.S. I weave a story of my observations and imagination on various spaces and places where I reside, as well as my relationship with them, through multimedia. Problems of psychological and social adaptations are quietly represented within the narrative of my work.

The transformative power of storytelling has been a long-held interest of mine since my childhood, which I spent drawing and writing storybooks. I visualize the images of dreams, nightmares, myths, fairytales and fantasies that are closely linked to subconscious and animalistic instincts of humans as a part of nature. Meanwhile, I aim to decode and examine the complicated relationships between culture, society and human nature, through visually multi-layered narratives.

Manipulating materials is my means to alter reality. I cut, print, draw, sew, paste and connect them. I explore diverse materials and experience their characteristics, such as color, touch, weight and volume. I am particularly interested in easily transportable and flexible materials, which suggest the fluidity of the self and the complexity of the world around me. Complicated layers of meanings and narratives, which reflect my impressions and subconscious understanding about the reality that surrounds me, are physically embodied and conveyed through multiple layers of materials. The repetitive process of drawing, painting, cutting and sewing is transformed into an inexplicable world filled with imagination and fragments of reality.


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2009 M.F.A in Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2004 B.F.A in Korean painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

2015 Scheherazade, Vitrina, New York, NY
2014 Drawing outside the Lines, Brooklyn Public Central Library, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Life is Everywhere, Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan
2012 Drifting in the City, Chashama 303 Gallery, New York, NY
Counterpoint, LaMer Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2005 Playing Alice, Mc Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2015 Archimedes' Bathtub: A Show of Work by NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, curated by Julian A. Jimarez Howard, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY
Weaving Time: The Archive of Korean-American Artist, Part Three 2001-2013, Gallery Korea atKorean Cultural Service, New York, NY
Chashama & Materials for the Arts Winter Auction, Paddle8, New York, NY
Art of Discovery, curated by Indiewalls, Renaissance Hotel, New York, NY
2014 Over the Edge: Paper Works Unbound, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
SCOPE New York, New York, NY
Community Art Project, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
Bridging the Gap, Washington Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.
2013 SCOPE New York, New York, NY
Historical Commentaries, Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Stuck, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
Transmutation: the Future of Man, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hotels Curated NYC, curated by Indiewalls, New York, NY
2012 Dumbo Art Festival (Juried Public Installation), Brooklyn, NY

SCOPE New York, New York, NY
Korean Art Show, New York, NY

Push, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
It came from Chashama, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY
Bay Ridge Storefront Art walk, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Pink City Art Project, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India
Pink City Art Project, Uijeongbu Arts Center, Uijeongbu, Korea
Narratives of Line and Space, Maum Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Making the Leap: Crossing Borders, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fiber, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Personal Zone, Gallery Korea, New York, NY
Curate NYC Emerging Artists Show, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Generations VII, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
New York, NY, Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Show, Gallery 125, Trenton, NJ
2008 M.F.A. Show, Pratt Studios Gallery (Pratt Institute), Brooklyn, NY
Off Topic, curated by Sheilla Pepe, Hun Gallery, New York, NY
Missing Link, White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Art Students Exhibition, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2006 Hybrid Trend, Hangaram Art Museum-Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2005 Korean Painting: New Form and Spirit, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea


2014 New York Foundation for the Arts(NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program
2013 Studio Kura, Artist-in-Residence, Fukuoka, Japan
2012 Vermont Studio Center/ Artist Grant, Johnson, VT
Bay Ridge Storefront Art walk Project Grant, Brooklyn, NY
2010- Chashama Visual Arts Studio Residency, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Contemporary Artists Center Residency/ Merit Grant, Troy, NY
Chashama North Residency, Pine Plains, NY

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