The artist Nakhee Sung’s unique exploration of the process of expression is on display at her exhibition at ONE AND J. Gallery titled “Motion.” Rather than reproducing an outcome of a certain image constructed in her head, she lets her hands move free and allows images to flow into an array of movements and changes. As such, the source of her work is always spontaneous. The artist’s consciousness, thoughts or ideas are converted into lines, surfaces and colors and take form as traces on the canvas and walls. The choice of lines, surfaces and color are largely affected by the flow of texture and the color of the images drawn previously and makes its own composition through the process of joining and detaching itself. Thus, contrary to the intuitive start, the process of the balancing out the different lines, surfaces and colors is rather a thoughtful procedure. When a single layer structure is developed, she continues drawing until it secures its own domain.
Her works for this show are all on canvas and this condensing of size resulted in abstraction that possessed more composition than earlier works. Regardless, the works clearly contain the process of expression and process of consciousness exploration. “Process” is always accompanied with time. Concepts of the “before” and “after” make the layers of color surfaces and she tries to open the construction of the artworks so that viewers can find this map of the consciousness. If one follows the order of the elements that make up the composition, such as a line or a layer of colored surface, it is a way to follow the artist’s consciousness like that of a map of the mind.
Her recent paintings on canvas seem to be more organized alluding to thoughts of a more organized nature than they may have been in the past. Her consciousness moves toward harmony in her painting but at times causes friction, collides with each other, is combined and broken again and sometimes creates optical illusions. These processes are expressed by flows of lines such like tubes, and spreads or traces of colors. Above all, the structure of the layers of the colors and the harmony it creates make the viewer realize the beauty of not only the construction of the consciousness but the deconstruction of the consciousness. Color may be most important in the artworks of Nakhee Sung but the object of analysis is not. There is no meaning implied by the colors she uses and there is no symbolic interpretation or social allegory here, so the power and authority of the interpretation goes back to the viewer.
Nakhee Sung’s works show the flows and structures of her consciousness and the process of expression. They comprehend the meaninglessness of dividing things like confusion and order, sentiment and rationality, abstraction and conception, object and space and it lead us to imagining in a free, private and individual way.
Text excerpted from ONE AND J. catalogue essay by Kim Hee Kyung

Nakhee Sung lives and works in Seoul, Korea. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Royal College of Art, Nakhee Sung is a young Korean artist known for her large graffiti-like wall murals and abstract paintings. She participated in the inaugural Singapore Biennial in 2006 and represented Korea in the 2005 Venice Biennale. ONE AND J. Gallery recently placed her work in the UBS permanent collection.