artist statement

My painting investigates the ambivalence associated with identity and asymmetrical balance that creates paradoxical spatial propositions. I employ abstraction or semi-abstraction as a means of extracting my personal perceptions and experiencesoften intertwined with socio-political and cultural specifics. The grids, squares, patterns, lattice or checkerboard-like structures with motile forms serve as a vehicle to speak of separation, confrontation, and tension. They often describe a physical, psychological or cultural barrier that I have experienced since I moved to the US. As a Xennial who has had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood, I make a painting that looks digital but still remains the materiality. My painting, where gradational colors are paired with textural surfaces, chases the digital aura. My painting also intends gentle and tempting colors accompanying with wild and agitating elements to invite the viewers to the enigmatic mindscape where they see their own multi-layered images as reality. Hoping to open up a larger conversation of diversity and coexistence in social context, my paintings allow the rigid structures to be the places of playfulness, hope, and the possibility rather than suppression, anger, and anxiety.


Originally from South Korea, Su A Chae is a midwestern based visual artist who specializes in painting. She received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington and an MA and a BA in Business from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. She also completed the Tyler School of Art Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensive. Su A Chae was a grant finalist for the Hopper Prize and a recipient of the Higher Education Partner Program Scholarship of Indiana University and the Windgate Scholarship Awards of Penland School of Craft. Her work has been exhibited at the Painting Center in New York, Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, Store for Rent Gallery in Brooklyn, 5-50 Gallery in Long Island City, Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia, Harrison Center in Indianapolis, Young Space (online), among others. Her work has been featured in publications as Studio Visit Magazine, Create! Magazine, Maake, Friend of The Artist, and Herald-Times. Su A Chae was an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center and she will be an artist in residence at ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions) this summer.