Visiting Artist: Eun-Kyung Suh

Installation: Silent Scream

When: September 29 - October 20, 2017
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, September 29, 6-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday

Artist Lecture: Friday, September 29, 5-6:00 p.m., Owen Hall 237

Both Events are Free and Open to the Public

About Eun-Kyung Suh:
Korean-born, Duluth-based textile installation artist Eun-Kyung Suh, received an MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Since 2008 she has been focusing on a series of sculptural vessels as a metaphor for personal, family, and cultural memories. These sculptural vessels are created out of diaphanous textiles, using a design originally inspired by Bojagi, one of the traditional Korean art forms. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; Nord Gallery, San Antonio, Texas; Galerie sei-un-do, Zurich, Switzerland; Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Canada; and Barabas Villa Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Her textile work was published in Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser, Thames & Hudson, Dec 2012. Currently Eun-Kyung Suh is a Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

About Silent Scream
Elizabeth Bilyeu, Director, Cascade Art Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, described Silent Scream in March 2015 as both visually quiet and conceptually gut-wrenching. Subtle value shifts in grays and whites attract viewers to large-scale wall sculptures of arcs and circles formed from impeccably constructed silk organza boxes. Absence of color and orderly arrangement of boxes produce stillness and fruit and reflect the methodical nature of Suh’s processes. Once drawn in by this tranquil visual beauty, quietude gives way to emotional anguish as viewers discover and read stories printed on the stacks of boxes. Arcs and curves conceal the text and force the reader into uncomfortable positions that pale in comparison to physical and psychological traumas in the stories–brutal testimony of Korean “Comfort Women” who survived their torture during World War II. Awkwardness of reading within a visual installation encourages empathy for the victims

Description: Silent Scream. Silk organza, printed text, cotton thread. Dimension variable, 2015.