Scrappy drawings of a curmudgeon youngster with a halo of curly hair and an obstinate, hunched posture are the themes of a second-generation, immigrant-born artist navigating her past. Korean artist Kyung Me turns to frustration and dramatics in her depiction of day-to-day life, deftly hinting at deeper themes behind her artwork of meme-ish, decidedly pissed-off faces. The East Coast artist will hold her first solo show in New York this fall, in which she’ll present a wide range of personal pencil and marker drawings contained in BAD KOREAN, a narrative-based picture book.
The book of eclectic paintings follows Kyung Me’s life from 2013 to 2014, the years she attempts to find her identity inside the impossible jungle of New York City. Her works bring pictorial expression to the fatigue of the daily grind mixed with Kyung Me’s debilitating boredom.
A student of the MFA painting program at Yale School of Art, Kyung Me expands upon her perceived gauche appearance and general uncomfortableness by titling each of her drawings in English, and then in choppy Korean, conveying a stilted, unsure attitude to her art. The artist’s precocious works sum up the unappeasable agitation most of the working population experiences every day.