(Image: Sohyung Choi, Notes on a Self-Portrait, 2011, digital prints on translucent paper, wire, mixed media, 6 min 40 sec single-channel video, 120" x 120"; © Sohyung Choi)
Sohyung Choi (lives in Sacramento)
I question the time and space of one’s existence through found objects and the photographic image. Both serve as records of time: of how innumerable histories and memories have already passed and been forgotten, but remain inside us. In much of my work, I reconfigure discarded materials, things that are often viewed with a degree of sadness and poignancy as they have been abandoned and obsolete. I photograph the objects as if in a sketchbook but also I’m interested in the poetic nature of loss as it relates to our identities.
I primarily make installations and video with found objects. I find my materials in flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, dumpsters, and sometimes on the street. I solicit donations, perhaps ending up with things dug from a dark corner of one’s closet. Using not only the discarded objects but also photographs of the objects, I reframe the images to create an evolving, multi-layered imagery that is filled with chance juxtapositions and unexpected visual poetry, which create disclosure of our identity but also broader cultural identities.
Education: MFA, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2011. Studio Art Graduate Courses, Sacramento State University, CA, 2009. BA, University of California at Davis, CA, 2004. AA, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA, 2002.
Sohyung Choi was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #4 of the ArtSlant Showcase Series.
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