Seok Ji, a young artist from South Korea ponders solitude by delving deep into her mind. Unperturbed by the infinity of her imagination, she embraces its beauty along with its ruthlessness. Her artwork reflects what she feels- attuned to her surroundings, aware of and effortlessly at one with nature.
In a chat with us, Seok Ji reveals her fondness for music and solitude and her love for art that let’s her escape into another dimension.
Hello Seok Ji, it’s a pleasure to have this conversation with you, tell us more about yourself.
Hello, my name is Seok Ji and I was born and brought up in Korea. I am currently a student and have been very interested in painting since I was young. I spend a lot of time watching movies, manga and anime and often take time off to spend a day with my art.
Does your artwork reflect any cultural traits? Do your surroundings inspire your work?
The things that inspire me most are solitude and human relations. I used to spend a lot of time by myself when I was young, as my parents would be away at work. So I began documenting my thoughts and that’s how my art evolved.
Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from the moment you form your idea to the moment you complete it?
I don’t have a set process nor a specific time period within which I operate. I take things as they come. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to portray and I value the thought put into an artwork. It’s extremely satisfying when a complex idea translates to a concrete image.
“THE THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME MOST ARE SOLITUDE AND HUMAN RELATIONS”
Who are your top three favorite artists?
My top three artists currently are Kerby Rosanes from the Philippines and Korean artists 열여덟 (Eighteen) and 리벳 (Rivets).
How’s the art scene in South Korea? How do you see yourself in it?
There are a lot of artists and they find recognition instantly. Art is very accessible in South Korea but purchasing art is something that is just gaining ground. With several platforms like Cupick emerging, art is now not confined to only those who can afford it. Art is more a hobby for me than a career I want to pursue. I do want to be a writer to mark the pleasures of art, though.
We believe that art acts as a singular platform which every person can relate to, do you agree? Or do you think language can sometimes act as a barrier?
I never expected to receive an invitation from a foreign country but being on this platform has made my year! It’s true that language can act as a barrier (I have to brush up my English!) and I’ve had some difficulty communicating, but I believe we’ve come to understand each other because we appreciate art.
” I DO WANT TO BE A WRITER TO MARK THE PLEASURES OF ART”
Are you working on any project at the moment? We are curious to know what’s been up your sleeve.
I’m not working on any projects as such but I am part of a group of enthusiastic artists who love cartoons! We put together a collection of short stories and even got it published! Presently, the group meets once a month to plan more projects.
Familiarize us with the tools you use to get the desired output; we would also love to have a glimpse at your work station.
My tools consist of any pen and Photoshop. Here’s a glimpse of where I work.
How do you manage to divide time between personal projects and commercial work?
Currently, art is more of a hobby so I haven’t taken the commercial route yet. Personally, I like to draw whenever I have spare time, which is not as often as I would like since there’s a lot of school work to be done.
What do you think about India and the artists here, if you had the chance to visit this country, where would you want to go first?
Unfortunately, I don’t know any Indian artists yet. But being on Cupick has inspired me to travel and learn more about artists all over the world.
What does success mean to you?
I want to be happy and satisfied with what I do rather than chase success.
How important is music in recreating visions off your mind?
I usually listen to pop music just so that I have some company while I draw. But listening to the piano or even playing it sometimes, brings forth some calm and puts me into that head-space I need to bounce my ideas off. It helps me create an atmosphere of blissful solitude.
” I WANT TO BE HAPPY AND SATISFIED WITH WHAT I DO RATHER THAN CHASE SUCCESS”
According to you, what is your greatest work so far?
I can’t say what my greatest work is but I can certainly tell you my favourite.
If you could wish for one, and only one superpower, what superpower would you chose?
I’d want to be the best painter in the world. That or have the power to prevent bankruptcy.
If you could give one piece of advice to budding artists, what would that be?
My advice for budding artists would be to take pleasure in what you create. Love thy Art.
How has the journey been with Cupick thus far?
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to travel Cupick!