Kyungmin Park, 2014–2015 Matsutani Fellow, 2015–2016 Windgate Fellow
summer resident 2014; long-term resident 2014–2016
Kyungmin Park is a figurative ceramic sculptor drawing inspiration from childlike perspectives. Contrasting the darker emotions and restricted psyche of adulthood with the boundless consciousness of children, Kyungmin’s sculptures confront the view with uncomfortable juxtapositions, encouraging reflection upon personal expectations and narratives. Kyungmin largely uses handbuilding techniques to construct her figures out of porcelain, a material she prefers for its ability to contrast starkly with bright and colorful decoration.
Originally from South Korea, Kyungmin began studying ceramics while living in Seoul. In 2006, she transferred to the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, earning her BFA in 2008. Later, following a studio assistanceship with sculptor Christina Córdova in Penland, North Carolina, Kyungmin earned her MFA in ceramics from the University of Georgia in 2012. She first came to the Bray in 2014 as a summer resident, receiving a Windgate Scholarship. Prior to returning to the Bray as the 2014 Matsutani Fellow, she taught as adjunct professor of ceramics at the University of Georgia and Auburn University, Alabama.
“Inspired by the perspective of children, I seek a sort of regression to a childlike state of mind so that I can create in a place beyond these boundaries. By merging the instinctive, darker emotions that dwell inside adults with the child’s imaginary world, my sculptures make the viewer uncomfortable with their expectations as they reflect on their own grownup life stories.”
To see more work of Kyungmin's visit her website at www.kyungminpark.com.