The Surreal World: Parallel Universe: Pencil Drawings
My studio work focuses on the idea of a fantasy world that inverts reality. The development of my visual language of forms, shapes, colors, and texture is the result of working back and forth in different mediums such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. This interdisciplinary approach allows me to simultaneously think and problem solve both two- and three-dimensionally.
Using sculptures and photographed images, I create environments and creatures that are simultaneously familiar and alien. My interest in conjuring this fantasy world derives from adapting to two different cultures and seeking habitual comfort in their commonalities. This led me to explore unique interpretations of the landscape of alternate realities by questioning what would happen if we ignored common expectations and broke the rules of the “known” physical world. While truly unique and fanciful, the forms that I create interact with their surroundings in a way that evokes a traditional figure-ground relationship. Through the amusing and disturbing qualities present in the work, I attempt to spark a dialogue between nature and human-made culture, and to question our reliance upon habitual comforts.
Eunice Choi (b. in Seoul, S. Korea) received her BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. Choi has received a number of awards, including a post-graduate teaching fellowship at the SMFA (MA) and an Artist-in-Residence Award at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (NE). She was recently featured as an emerging artist in the Boston Globe. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Boston Young Contemporaries, 2014 National Prize Show in Boston, Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Whitewater – Beijing in China, and Forget Me Not in Seoul, Korea. She lives and works in Somerville, MA. www.eunicechoi.com