My artist interview for week 3 is Yireh Elaine Kwak. Elaine is a Korean oil painter who likes to paint landscapes. Her paintings were mostly inspired by poems that she wrote. She lives on a hill so that was also a reason why she likes to draw nature. Her artwork is related to nature and are drawn on big canvasses. When she talked about her artworks, she said that drawing on a canvass is different compared to other forms of art. Unlike sitting down and creating artwork on a computer, drawing and transporting art on a heavy canvass is more demanding. Painting is very manual compared to other art. It requires a lot of moving to transport the paintings.
She is currently working on projects that includes figures and landscape. She does not currently teach others art, but when she is working with other artists, in a way, they teach and learn from one another. Although she does not teach a class for art, she said she would like to. The Exhibition is called Harmony and Discordance: Conflicting Landscapes. The purpose of the different type of landscapes is to invoke different feelings ranging from peace, joy, confusion…. When I see her paintings, it reminds my of my childhood when I would go to my backyard and surround myself with trees and plants. When I was young, I would like to go outside and look at the different plants that my grandpa planted. You could say after looking at Elaine’s paintings, it was a blast from the past.