Kyungmin Park – Red Lodge Clay Center

Kyungmin ParkBeverly, MA

Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2018

Kyungmin was born in South Korea and began studying ceramics while living in Seoul. She earned her B.F.A in 2006 from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her M.F.A from the University of Georgia in 2012. After graduating from UGA, Kyungmin taught Ceramics at Auburn University until 2014. Kyungmin was a summer resident at the Bray in 2014 and returned in the winter as the 2015 Matsutani Fellow.

In 2015 Kyungmin was given the Emerging Artist Award from Ceramics Monthly. she was also nominated for the Joan Mitchell foundation grant. In 2016 She presented as an Emerging Artist at the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts in Kansas City.

Kyungmin is an Assistant Professor of 3D studio Art at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachussetts.

A child’s untamed imagination can create a new and exciting world out of a single object. The combination of an incorrupt point of view, strong imagination, overflowing curiosity, and the desire to push boundaries make for a very special environment exclusive to the child and their playmates. In the adult world, our formerly infinite imagination is restrained by arrangements and circumstances.

As we grow up, society puts limits on the way an individual might perceive things. 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.