wk14- Artist Conversation – Jennifer Ho

In this week’s artist conversation I was able to view artist, Jennifer Oh’s pieces. The pieces were very interesting and obviously they meant something to her almost like it was personal. The name of her piece in the gallery was “Diverted”. Jennifer seems to be very passionate about the problem with women being sold off into sexual slavery in Korea. She says that women and girls were forced into sexual slavery from Korea to the Japanese Imperial Army in occupied territories during the Sino-Japanese war. Many women were forced out of their homes during the war into wartime brothels and some were often lured into the brothels with the promise of work.

After being lured into the brothels, Jennifer claims these women were incarcerated into comfort stations servicing up to 30 men in one day. The name “comfort women” comes from the translation of Japanese euphemism meaning “prostitutes”. Jennifer’s work includes photos of these women where you can see them expressing emotions of remorse and sadness. She wanted to create a symbolic connection between these women and herself, so she threaded onto the images. The threading and images are her reactions to the past and the present stories told by these women who survived these wretched conditions.

Jennifer explains that the combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. I’m not sure what she means by that phrase, if she is claiming that this hasn’t changed at all or what. I know that these kind of things are still happening all around but I don’t think it is still a big problem. So how will the past dimension and future dimension converge? This is when I wish Jennifer was available to talk to today because her piece is very interesting. The threading she applied to the photographs are supposed to give the piece a more personal and present appeal because it skews the way you see the image. The threading reveals thoughts and feelings of the bodies and displays a duality of the bodies. She ends this with that she is recasting the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generations cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.

With that being said, I know understand what she meant by saying she is converging a past dimension with a future one. She accomplished this with the threading. I decided to write about her piece instead of the other artists’ whop were available because her piece spoke to me because I felt how personal it was to her and that it meant something. She threaded tears onto these women and clothes along with other displays of emotion. It was amazing what Jennifer did with these photographs. Almost like the threading belonged. It was great having the opportunity to write about Jennifer’s work and I wish I could’ve met her but you can definitely find out all that you want by clicking the link to her website above.

Wk3 – Artist Conversation – Kyle Kruse

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Today I had the opportunity to meet Artist Kyle Kruse, of California State University, Long Beach. His piece “one who sees” was in the first gallery I walked into. The Dutzi-Gallery. I decided to have a conversation with him because his print seemed very strange. When I first saw it, it seemed demonic and it actually upset me, but I wanted to see what was on the inside of his mind. He actually informed me with some pretty neat history about the print.

Kyle has always been interested in woodblock printing on fabrics, as well as showing interest in lighting and display. He took interest from 1380 France where the first woodblock printing on fabrics to create altar frontals in place of worship took place. The Harley Quinn character or the Jesters that he used was because he said that it was a famous symbol in that period of time in France.

The idea of “one who sees” is to blur the line in a relationship between the “viewer” and the “actor”. He has made it some kind of performance while the jester’s are giving their offering. Kyle wanted to create something that laid out the performance like a dance, hence the language of actor and viewers. To create a tension of one who sees and one who is seen.

Kyle achieved what he was aiming for on “one who sees”. “one who sees” accomplished blurring the line between the viewer and the actor. when he says “to create a tension between one who sees and one who is seen”, it means that when you are looking from the outside, you can see everything on the inside. But when you are looking out from the inside you can only see those around you and not the outside simply because that’s how the fabric was made. This means, to me that when things get difficult and you feel surrounded and people are offering you multiple things to do for them or overall in general, you just need to take a step to the outside of it all and get a bird’s eye view to prioritize what you need to give. Unfortunately Kyle does not have a website or social media account that you can view his other work.

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