Stratum by Jihae Kwon - SOLD

Inspired by Queen Lili'uokalani's song' Ku'u Pua I Paoakalaui,' Stratum is about the importance of land and soil, the place we live on, what it is and why it is important. The layers of earth and layers of facts about dirt are presented in eight layers of phrases. Laser-cut pages laid on top of each other express the complex web of life and how every living thing on earth is connected. The white color represents a delicate yet resilient life given by soil. The darkened edge of laser cutting is a part of the design to add dirt's browning effect. The life-creating process under the earth layers is not seen, but the result can be experienced.

Artist Bio

Born and raised in South Korea, Jihae Kwon started drawing and painting at six. She received her BFA in illustration from the University of Utah in 1999 and completed her second emphasis in graphic design in 2003. She was recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts 100 Show for her design and illustration in 2003, 2007, and 2008. She was a graphic designer for eleven years before starting her graduate studies. She is a 2014 MA graduate in the Art and the Book Program at the Corcoran College of Art+Design and is a 2020 MFA graduate in Graphic Design and Visual Experience at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her book art work was selected for Honolulu Printmakers 92th Annual Juried 2020 Exhibition, Illustrated Accordion 2020 Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Small Wonders Juried 2017 Exhibition, Social Justice Gutfreund Cornett 2016 Art Exhibition, Less Is More Juried 2014 Exhibition, the Charting Courses / Corcoran Student Juried 2013 Exhibition, and the 918 Letterpress Ephemera Show in 2013. Her work is a part of permanent collections of National Museum of Women in the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, George Washington University, UCLA Biomedical Library, Yale University, and Samford University.