Though my work has evolved through many different
phases, a consistency exists. I have always found rejuvenation
and renewal in nature and the landscape. Daily inspiration
flows from the sight of a single flower to the majestic mountains
and shores that surround me. Nature as God provided to us
is the source of my joy in life. The works comprise my testimony
to God. My amazement at his creation renews itself with the
approach of each new season, with every new blossom and seed.
Equally inspirational to my work is my background.
Born and raised in Korea, I began my formal art training in
Seoul but completed it in the United States. Being uprooted
from one’s homeland to be replanted on foreign soil
does not equate a total loss or gain either way. It is a matter
of taking and abandoning some choices. Bridging and integrating
the gap between two such vastly different cultures has challenged
and enriched me as an artist. In the ocean between the two
societies I have found a wide and deep source of visions.
By making art that incorporates the East and West, I have
found immense fulfillment through the process of making art
that truly reflects my unique experience as a person and an
This push and pull between cultures manifests
itself in the work. Abstraction and figuration, East and West,
tradition and modernity: these tensions are re-created in
my work through the use of varied visual tools and compositional
structures found in both Eastern and Western art. The grids,
scrims, patches of color, and symbols of the natural world
that appear in my work necessarily do so in a fragmentary
way, for they signify the spatial shifts of time involved
in culling microcosmic glimpses of my daily experience.
— Hei Myung C. Hyun