Mi Kyung Jang
MKJ Echoes of Balance I
Mi Kyung Jang
MKJ Echoes of Balance II
MiKyung Jang is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily across sculpture, painting and clay. She had artistic skills from a young age amongst her peers, particularly in drawing and creating something from organic materials. While her career was mainly involved with teaching, she always looked for an opportunity to develop her skills to become a professional artist. After migrating to New Zealand from South Korea, she started taking art classes. It was a turning point for her in 2012 when she learned classical painting and drawing at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy and this provided her with a further motivation to study at the University of Canterbury and start her career as a full -time artist.
Currently, she is studying a Post-graduate of Fine Arts, specialising in sculpture. She is an active member of Halswell Pottery Club. Since 2019, she also engages in 126 Hei Hei Community Art Group as a volunteer to help people enjoy art making to support of their empowerment every week.
Exhibitions and prize
2022 Voyage Beyond, Orion Powerhouse Gallery, Akaroa
Student Series 2022 Exhibition, Group show, Ilam Campus Gallery
Te Mataao: Viewfinder Exhibition in Selwyn, Group show, Te Ara Atea
The Associates Exhibition, Group show, Art on the Quay-Kaiapoi
2021 Sculpture on the Peninsular, Group show
The Associates Exhibition, Group Show, Ashburton Art Gallery
ZONTA Female Art Exhibition, Group Show, Ashburton Art Gallery
MiKyung Jang’s art works draw an attention on human relationship with natural world. She believes that excessive human desires have created many uncomfortable issues on earth: wars, pollution, natural disasters, inequality, and rare diseases. These are global issues that have been ignored as if they are someone else’s problem.
Since she was a child, she has been curious about human beings; what human beings are, why we are here on earth, what happens when we die and what happens before being born.
Often, she thinks she lives in a dream, or in other people’s dreams, like living inside of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Everything in her mind seems like an illusion.
She considers herself lucky to have been born and raised in a countryside in Korea. She grew up befriending the animals, insects, and plants. These childhood experiences played an important part in giving her the insight in understanding the natural world and teaching her that humans and nature cannot be disassociated.
She clears her mind while creating art works. The art works have been produced intuitively while in the process of calming her mind. When she calms down her mind, she feels all the creatures on earth are connected as one. It is like how our body is one figure made up of millions of cells but even one abnormal cell or a cancer cell can impact our lives. She believes that if humans can treat the nature with love, it will return as love.
The connectedness of all creatures on earth and the love for nature have come through the earthy tones and organic shapes of the forms in works. She would like the viewers to take an opportunity to take their time to slow down and they enjoy visually aesthetic objects for that hold her energy and contemplation of humanity.