Mae-il Mae-il: Jihyun Hong


mae-il mae-il: an installation by Jihyun Hong

Candy color, daily objects and artificial paradise.

 I am obsessed with candy colors. They lead me to a childhood fantasy of mine and bring me to a paradise that only exists in cartoons. To me, American candy was a fantasy itself, and I could experience this fantasy by eating it. The act of eating candy meant eating colors, eating fantasy—and it was the only way to actualize my imagination. 

 The different color palette of sweets in America and my country has become the most significant subject of my work. All those candy colors I use represent the actualization of my saccharine fantasy. It is like I delve into my fantasy through American sweets, and then I transform my fantasy into realty, by allowing the candy colored hues to guide me. 

Jihyun’s Open Space installation is an abstracted map of her childhood years, a time when simple things were amusing and thrilling to her. Through her art making, she attempts to maintain that perspective and build from it.

Jihyun Hong is an installation artist who lives and works in New York City. She was born in Seoul, Korea in 1985. She received a BFA from School of Visual Arts, and an MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works had been in various solo and group exhibitions and Hyperallergic and ARTFCITY had reviewed her works. She recently was an artist in residence at Yaddo, and this summer, she will be an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project.