Jinie Park: Little House

Jinie Park, Lemon Hill, 2017

Jinie Park: Little House

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR - Nov 2-Dec 23

by Allyn Cantor

Park’s elusive paintings offer a beautifully balanced conundrum – her soft approach to color and paint application is contrasted by the intentionally offbeat tactility of her painting surfaces. She uses luminous thin washes of pastels cascading into the physicality of imperfectly angled canvas structures that are hand-stitched with linen and Korean muslin. Park’s liminal works seem to be infused with a Rothko-like mid-century aesthetic, while also being evocative of bojagi or traditional Korean wrapping cloths, commonly made from hand-sewn pieced together fabrics, much like patchwork quilt forms.

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