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Loves of Outsiders

These collections of paintings, drawings and sculptures are inspired by poems by Hwang Jini and other courtesan poets from the last Korean Dynasty (1392 to 1920).

My works have always related to a woman’s psyche, but these courtesan poets, with their lamentable social standing, express life’s beauty and sorrow in a new vibrant and clear way.

An artist is always an outsider, but a heightened privilege and deprivation provide a way into one’s creative consciousness. A lonely place becomes a world of personal artistry.