b. 1982, Korea.
Ki-June Park's series of carved wooden sculptures take on the form of characters reminiscent of children's television shows. With their child–like proportions of oversized head and short limbs, these brightly coloured figures seem cuddly and sweet. Yet their outwardly playful appearance is tempered with poised and meditative facial expressions that emulate the distinctive facial features of the Buddha. Park's works also evoke the tradition of woodcarving from ancient Korea, which was largely associated with shamanistic rituals believed to ward off evil spirits. By combining elements of Eastern tradition and popular culture, Park generates an awkward clash between the past and present.