For Eemyun Kang the metaphorical make-believe and imaginative world has not, as with most of us, moved from childhood into the past. It continues to illuminate the foundations of the Korean-born artist’s practice. Referencing mythology, folklore, psychology and mycology, she handles these themes with a deep curiosity. Kang’s paintings alternate between figuration and abstraction, using gestural and energetic brushstrokes to create elaborate mystical landscapes on a large scale. With a vocabulary that incorporates a range of biomorphic forms, including fungi, plants, and animals, Kang’s subjects are never quite as they seem. In a state of perpetual metamorphosis or evolution, they remain inherently unknowable.
Immigrating to the UK to study Fine Arts at the Slade School of Fine Art, Kang later completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Arts. Upon graduation in 2009, she was awarded the school’s prestigious Gold Medal. In 2012 Kang received her doctoral degree from the University of East London. Although she has spent her entire artistic career in the cross-cultural urban environment of London, Kang admits to retaining a sense of dislocation and now accepts this as a defining element in her work. Her underlying interest in hybridity stems from this experience, her fictional hybrid worlds existing in the constant interplay between subject and object, reality and subconscious, known and unknown.
Kang’s work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Selected solo shows include Dozing River (2010) at Tina Kim Gallery in New York and Fungalland and the Stranded Mother Whale (2012) at Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway. Kang has also participated at various group shows around the world, at Kukje Gallery, Seoul; Art Seonje Centre, Seoul; Korean Cultural Centre, London; Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia; Union Gallery, London; and Royal Academy of Arts, London. Kang had a solo exhibition at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, in 2014.
Kang now lives and works in Milan, Italy.