Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly, he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49) We perceive the world around us by finding an object, investigating it, and labeling (process and understand) it. All sorts of previous knowledges are involved throughout the process of perceiving an object. My interest lands on where the imagination will go if we deny things we believe true. My work is about perception, and ambiguity is the key. Is what we think what we see what it is? Is it my reflection in a mirror, or am I a reflection in a mirror? Do bats sleep upside down, or is everything else upside down? What if…? When you pay attention to what is ambiguous, you will unlock the portal to another dimension within. Ordinary is extraordinary, nothing becomes anything when you openyour mind.
Originally from South Korea, Soomin Jung moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2002. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Art and Art History in 2005. Three years later, she received an M.F.A., also in Art and Art History, and is currently a drawing instructor at UTSA.