Myung Nam An was born and brought up in Seoul, and has been based in London since 2005 when moved to London to study ceramics at Camberwell College of Art and Design. She is gaining global recognition for her wall-based sculpture. She has exhibited in the USA, Europe and Asia, including solo shows at Art Central and Art Project Gallery, Hong Kong.
She says about her work,
“I find ceramic to be the most suitable material to express my ideas. The characteristics and limitations of the material are fundamental issues for me and my process is based on analysis and experience. I approach my work in both a formalistic and aesthetic way. This does not mean that emotionality and sensuality are set aside; on the contrary. These pieces evoke cool expression with sensitive undertones and thereby join an abstract, new formalistic movement in contemporary art.
I am a fan of Alexander McQueen, encasing my circular forms in extravagant and impossible costumes. Why Eyes? I use my work to express my emotions without using a single world. Human eyes are all slightly different and special, each in its own unique way. Looking at peoples’ eyes you might understand more about their personality, or life, or love.
My work tells stories using symbols which are universal. You can interpret these in your own way to tell your own tales, and evoke different moods and emotions. I explore abstract appropriated images from our culture and translate these on to the surface of my work.”