Nominated by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seomy Ahn is a multidisciplinary artist primarily working with Fiber. Using the language of sculpture, her works explore the idea of labor and practicality of architectural space and daily products. The artist’s repetitive labor brings in the presence of human remnants. She explores the idea of human occupancy in architectural thresholds, the absence of a body in space, and the reversal of the material or object qualities.
The juxtaposition of materials within a space creates a complexity and an uncanniness. Ahn reinterprets the architectural materials as impractical, non-functional beings. The Psychological perception of materials are reversed and distorted in her works. Concrete and plaster is painted on porous surfaces, becoming fragile and delicate. Wood, instead of being a support structure, relies on fabric that stabilizes the structure. Her unpractical objects in space challenge our arrogance and ignorance that rejects the idea of human mortality.
Image: Sprawled Out Revolving Door, 2016