Blue on Blue
Work by Joo Lee Kang
On view in the Transit Gallery March 14 – May 8, 2018
Tuesday March 27th, 1-2, Cannon Room
Reception immediately following in the Transit Gallery
Joo Lee Kang was born in South Korea and educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. Her drawings, made with ballpoint pen, depict intricate plants and animals, and from afar are evocative of Victorian still life illustrations, or French toile. Close up, however, the drawings reveal mutated creatures - a two-mouthed fish, three-footed birds, and hairless mammals.
Kang comments on her work, “By drawing mutated animals and plants, I question nature’s place in the modern context. What is nature? What is natural? The subjects I portray in my drawings reflect the ambiguity of the possible definitions. They show that I feel at a loss to describe what is natural in our present day. Cross-breeding, genetic engineering—the ways in which humans can control and reconfigure the natural process—become more abundant as technology advances. Should the results of such human developed processes be construed as a part of nature, or should nature exist independently of human progress?”.