Phoenix Artist Christina You-Sun Park: 100 Creatives
Courtesy of Christina You-Sun Park Meet the sculptor.
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 19. Christina You-Sun Park.
Christina You-Sun Park's sculptures explore communication.
Specifically, the artist and Eye Lounge member's works deal with communication via perspective: how children see the alphabet before learning letters, how, via translation, words and stories change and evolve.
And it's not so surprising, then, that her interests outside of art lie in science fiction and fantasy, media rooted in how different entities discover how to relate to one another. Park says she's in the midst of watching Star Trek: The Original Series and enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends. Her literary habits also involve and impact her work; she's currently reading John McWhorter's The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language.
Courtesy of Christina You-Sun Park Park's Between the Fragments is a sound installation that visitors walk through to hear three versions of one story by three generations of Park's family.
Expect to see those influences pop up in Park's upcoming solo show, which opens at Eye Lounge in November. She's creating a new body of work to present. That is, when she isn't teaching sculpture and welding at Phoenix College, collaborating with other artists (she recently completed a group piece called R'eyd that's being installed at Burning Man), and coordinating an exhibition of Eye Lounge members that will go up at Vision Gallery in January 2015.
I came to Phoenix with a car stuffed with art supplies, winter clothes, and a very grumpy 20-year-old Min Pin.
Park's Language Structure #1 comprises cardboard, resin, and dictionary pages.
I make art because otherwise I feel like would go crazy.
I'm most productive when I am in my studio surrounded by a whole bunch of junk. It's definitely a mess in there.
My inspiration wall is full of books, old family photographs, and my dog's fur (which somehow finds its way on everything).
I've learned most from the people around me. From the stories and insight that everyone has.
Good work should always leave you with a combined feeling of exhaustion, frustration, and happiness.
The Phoenix creative scene could use more studio spaces for artists.