New Artist Book Spotlight
Presenting Konglish by Jana Sim
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Jana Sim's newest limited edition artist book: Konglish. This book illustrates the differences between how language is observed and interpreted. Sim has focused on Korean, English and Konglish (Korean+English), which is the term used for English words in a Korean context, or words made from a combination of Korean and English as a sublanguage.
Sim shares her first hand experience using short, humorous anecdotes based on the differences of the languages and how they function in different cultures. The way Korean appears to English speakers can differ dramatically, as does English to Korean speakers, often leading to funny mistakes and experiences causing misinterpretation or confusion.
When the book is closed, the word KONGLISH appears on the front, combined from the words Korean and English which can be seen in full once the book is opened. Once all the pages are read, two laser cut volvelles appear in the middle of the book. The acetate wheels have mixture of both Korean and English alphabets.
We would like to extend a warm congratulations to Jana for her recent award of a scholarship to continue her graduate studies from The Claxton Club in Chicago. According to the club, "The entire committee was unanimous in its admiration for your work." The Caxton Club's purpose is the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books and we are so thrilled that they have honored Jana's work.