carnival
joon-hee park

9 February - 4 March 2017

Early in 2015 Joon-Hee Park had a highly curious, but excitingly vivid dream. She was lost in a maze at dawn, trying to find a way in, not the way out. There was a giant silver circus tent on the far side of the maze. To quote from Alice in Wonderland, “Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice.

Park’s current body of work, Carnival, stems from that curious dream. Her paintings are layered with reality and imagination; fairy tales, childhood memories, dreams, furry creatures, her collections of little toys, objects and old photographs, and everyday reality. Images, such as the ice cream incident, the collecting of candies in her skirt scene, and the wire-walking octopus are based on childhood events.

Park tries not to plan too much before beginning a painting, trying to be spontaneous and connected to her imagination. Sometimes she creates stories as she paints and the outcome can be quite surprising. If closely viewed, the paintings include some dark and/or humorous twists here and there... some intentionally added, some happy accidents. She leaves interpretation to the viewer.

Fortune Teller (2016) acrylic on canvas 510 x 410mm $2,400

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The Marching (Squad Goal) (2016) acrylic on canvas 520 x 920mm $4,200

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Turrdy (2016) acrylic on card 280 x 235mm $850

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Octogirl (2016) acrylic on canvas 580 x 480mm $2,800

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Kevin (2016) acrylic on card 280 x 235mm $850

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Harold and Gertrude II (2016), acrylic on linen 580 x 480mm $3,200

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Don't Be Afraid, I've Got You (2016) acrylic on canvas 450 x 750mm $3,600

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Maze (2016) acrylic on canvas 635 x 880mm $4,200

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Kissing Booth (2016) acrylic on canvas 580 x 480mm $2,800

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Giant Spinning Mushroom (2016) acrylic on linen 630 x 700mm $3,800

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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