Hyesoo Park works across a variety of mediums and configurations, often acting as a collector of other people’s objects, stories, memories and conversations. She regularly uses the survey format to gather intimate information from large numbers of people, on themes such as loss and memory and about their hopes, aspirations, fears and regrets. This approach forms the basis of her ongoing Dialogue project. In the work Dream Dust, for example, visitors are invited to recall a recent dream on a typewriter installed in the middle of the room. The page is then immediately shredded and blown into the space and added to the piles of torn paper in the room. In another work, Goodbye to Love, the data from a survey acted as the starting point for an installation of donated objects that were all associated with a personal breakup story.
During her residency at Gasworks Park continued her project Now Here is Nowhere, which explores the mental health of city dwellers and the psychological effects of living in urban environments. Many of the works she produced actively involved visitors in both action and dialogue, such as Quest, where they were invited to complete a puzzle of a poem and discuss the themes of the text. Another work, Life Piece, invited visitors to write about something or someone that has helped them during a difficult time onto a card that was attached to a helium balloon and released by the artist, in the hope of reaching another person and delivering a positive message.
An interview with Hyesoo Park and Gasworks Curator Robert Leckie can be downloaded in the Resources section below.
Hyesoo Park (born 1974) lives and works in Seoul. Recent exhibitions include Future LOVE Nature, ZZP Fabriek, Netherlands; SongEun Award, SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul; and New and Now, Seoul Museum of Art (both 2013).
Hyesoo Park’s residency is supported by ARKO (Arts Council Korea) and she is hosted in the Roberts Residency Studio.