A key aspect of my practice during the past few years has been an exploration of the ‘skyscape’. I’m interested in how the sky has been read and interpreted in the history of art and culture. It holds a particular fascination for me, as it is constant, yet always in motion with forms and colours evolving and dissolving over time. I’ve been guided by what the sky presents or suggests, but also by the medium of oils and the gestural acts of paint on surface. More generally, in my wider practice and here, I’ve adopted allegorical motifs, directly or indirectly referencing aspects of daily life, history and current affairs. My works vary between the abstract and the literal, and I try to present ambiguity for the viewer to consider. I feel the juxtaposition and pairing with Dorothea's sculptures here gives a new dimension and energy to such explorations.
Mi-Young Choi (b.1971) is a South Korean artist, working and living in London since 2005. Growing up surrounded by classic arts and crafts (as a child she often accompanied her father in his work outings as an antique art dealer) she initially graduated from business school in Korea, but soon after decided to change path and dedicate herself to her true passion, painting. With an interest in different cultures and religions, she travelled extensively before studying at Goldsmiths College, graduating in 2009.
Strongly influenced by her background and travels, Mi-Young's work is an exploration in expression - a reflection on stillness and movement, and the meditative and gestural. In this exhibition her approach and cross-over techniques are evident in a range of works that were painted in London, and also during a recent year spent in South East Asia. Mi-Young has a studio in New Cross, and her work has been exhibited widely around the UK, and also in mainland Europe.