We visit the studio of Hyun Jung Ahn, who shares how she’s embracing spontaneity in her new practice of quilting and sewing paintings.
“Since last year, I have switched from hard-edge geometric shapes painting to sewn canvas linen paintings. Since I want to carry memories and emotions through my work, I felt I needed more natural shapes and lines from something spontaneous. ”
“I say that my work is a therapeutic, visual diary. I have secrets and emotional moments like everyone, and I like to give voice them in a nonverbal way so anyone can easily see.”
“There are many processes to prepare a painting: sketching, calculating sizes, cutting fabrics, sewing, and stretching, and of course, they aren’t 100% under control. When I stretch the stitched linen on the canvas frame, it creates organic-ish shapes, depending on how much I pull them, even if the seam line is straight.”
“It can be intimidating and pressured, but I enjoy every process until I sign my name behind the piece. ”