In Search for Unknown Spaces Hye will introduce her work and address the context of its making. The work is intimately linked with a personal experience of social and political issues in different locations. Hye spent her developing years and onwards as a migrant who voluntarily migrated to an unfamiliar country and then traveled back to a familiar country to become aware of its unfamiliarity. A voluntary migration is a term used by psychologist and existential therapist Dr. Greg A. Madison about people who leave their own country, by choice, when they could, by all appearances, have stayed (Madison, 2010). Hye will also give an account of her artistic process in the studio where she connects the spatial possibilities of sculpture with her corporeality. 
 
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Hye Joung Park lives and works in Iceland.  Originally from South Korea, she first came to Iceland as a cultural exchange student in 1997 aged 19. Her love for Iceland and art shaped her adulthood and Hye graduated with a BA from IUA (Iceland University of the Arts) in 2005 and an MFA from Slade school of Art at UCL (University College London) in 2009. From 2009 to 2017 Hye was based in Korea, exhibiting at venues such as Gallery Chosun, Can Foundation, Gallery b‘One and Incheone Art Platform. In 2017, she returned to Iceland, completing a diploma in Ceramics from Reykjavik School of Visual Art in 2019 and a postgraduate diploma in Art Education (IUA) in 2021. 
Hye Joung Park‘s works have been collected by the Dungal Art Fund and exhibited at Reykjanes Art Museum, Ásmundarsalur, Gallery Suðsuðvestur and other artist-run galleries in Iceland. Alongside her art practice, Hye is a lecturer at the IUA‘s Arts Education Department and teaches art to children.
 
This event is a part of the fall 2023 lecture series held by the Department of Fine Art and takes place in the Laugarnes Lecture Hall (L193) at Laugarnesvegi 91, 105 Reykjavík
 
For further information on the lecture series click HERE.