Whisper–Romance, a collection of pieces by Korean-born artist Jiyoung Chung that utilizes the 500-year-old Korean paper-making technique of Joomchi, is on display through January 2013 at Miami International Airport’s Central Terminal Gallery in Concourse E.
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Joomchi is an ancient art form in which water and agitation are used to join several pieces of thin, handmade paper into a strong and textured single sheet. Several layers of mulberry paper, or “Hanji,” are combined into one after agitating them for hours by hand. With a background in traditional Oriental painting and art training in the U.S., Chung has turned Joomchi into a more contemporary art form filled with sculptural and textural imagery. Working with this unique process, Chung pushes materials to their limit through folding, rubbing, squeezing and repeating until she has achieved the desired look.
Chung began her studies in Oriental painting in Korea and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited in Korea, Finland, China, Canada, Australia, France and the U.S. and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
“It is extraordinary that these delicate and mysterious pieces convincingly evoke traces of tradition yet so powerfully reference contemporary concepts. Chung’s cultural background and experience are evident in the work but her process is experimental and playful, pushing the envelope of discovery,” said Yolanda Sánchez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade Aviation Department Division Director of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs. “Her exhibit gives travelers a sampling of Joomchi and represents a significant addition to our rotating art program.”
MIA's Central Terminal Gallery is located just beyond the Concourse E security checkpoint. For more information, contact the Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749 or go to http://www.miami-airport.com/mia_galleries.asp.