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, lattice, stripes, squares or checkerboards and patterns function as a vehicle for addressing of disconnection and searching for connection through diversity. 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.


Su A Chae (Bloomington, IN) is an artist with a research interest in the role of painting in the digital age. Chae received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington and an MA and a BA in Business from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. Chae attended the Tyler School of Art Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensive and Penland School of Craft. 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 (New York, NY), Ortega y Gasset Projects and Paradise Palace (Brooklyn, NY), 5-50 Gallery (Long Island City, NY), Collar Works (Troy, NY), Piano Craft Gallery (Boston, MA), Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia, PA), Young Space and Hopper Prize (Online) among many others. Her work has been featured in White Hot Magazine, I Like Your Work Podcast, Create! Magazine, Maake, Friend of The Artist, Studio Visit, and others. Chae was an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center and ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions). Su A Chae is an adjunct professor at Indiana University.