Seungyea Park was born in Seoul, South Korea where she currently lives and works.
Sinister contorted figurations are beautifully precise visions and grotesque manipulations of reality. Her intricate art work, combining skilful methods of drawing and painting, displace and distort elements of the human figure with particular focus on the face and hands. Also known as Spunky Zoe, Park delineates her subjects and delicately shades them with swirling marks made with a ballpoint pen and uses acrylic paint to embellish them further. Park transforms the face in to a malleable form, altering it’s features and anatomy. She still retains a sense of three-dimensionality and realism and her creations have a strange familiarity as in botanical drawings or specimen jars that display their subjects suspended in blank space. This lack of context also implies that each figure has only themselves or we who stare at them to focus on, lending the images a strange intimacy and hauntingly direct quality.
She describes her work by saying, “My works address the topic of ‘Monstrousness’ caused by fear in our inner world. Due to fear and horror being used as the most ‘universal’ and constant devices to maintain social systems as ‘injustice’, and consider them ‘enemies’. While regarding tabooed beings deviating from us as monsters, we ourselves become freaks. Monsters are everywhere. At the moment the ‘I’ within me faces the ‘I’ outside of me. They try to avoid, conceal, and deny each other, considering the other a monster. The true nature of fear is perhaps an evasion of something nonexistent. I make my work wishing that I can be accustomed to and overcome fear by drawing out, and facing monsters, or the true nature of fear."