Seoul-based Korean artist Soojin Chae utilizes primary colors as the focal point in her artworks. Employing varying levels of saturation, she creates a striking contrast between her subdued analog paintings and her vibrant digital pieces. Chae incorporates splashes and droplets into her work, establishing a dynamic flow that weaves through the narrative, reminiscent of fables from the Far East. This approach imbues her artwork with an almost religious quality, enriched by hues that evoke the essence of an ancient region.
Q: You were described as a seeker of “the relativity of formless things and the shells that hold them.” Your interpretation of “fluidity” is truly spectacular. Where does it come from? Do you feel like your art breaks free from age, gender, class, and other social barriers?
A: My interpretation of “fluidity” is related to spirits. Water changes shape depending on the container. Recently, I think that the soul is in the body like a liquid, and I put the idea of the relationship between the body and the soul into my work. This idea also comes from various religions. As I was thinking about it, I came to think that what's important is the soul and the body is just the shell. In that sense, it's a concept that overcomes the various barriers you mentioned.