Mina Han is Seoul and Baltimore based artist. She is from Seoul, South Korea and got her first BFA in animation and comics in Sejong University. She has experienced as a designer and commercial illustrator in Korea. Now she is majoring painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD with illustration concentration. Her works are personal reaction to the environment of stimulation and at the same time philosophical narrative based on direct and indirect experience. Her recent drawing series are focusing on visualising historical and political figures in an original mark making method.
As a Korean, I’m disgusted exploitation of colonization and the proxy war waged by the world powers throughout Korean history, and unfortunately there continues to be the possibility of the second proxy war since 1950s. Personally, I have watched the suffering of my family, and I have been exasperated and anxious by the military tension in East Asia.
The portrait series, 꼴(faces) of world-power-figures of 1950s and the present, and the landscapes of Korea, 사상누각(沙上樓閣,house of card) are drawn by hitting the surface with dry mediums or drawing sticks. The physical action of my mark making makes it appear as though I am beating the faces with a stick which provides an outlet for my frustrations. The meditative stage of repetitive tapping sound and mark making brings me to an isolated space where I can confront my emotions and anxiety about Korea’s political climate and personal narrative.
BFA Animation and Comics at Sejong University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
BFA Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art
“Juried Undergraduate Exhibition,” group exhibition
The Decker Gallery, MICA, Kriston Capps and Cara Ober, Baltimore, MD
“Undergraduate Thesis Preview #4,” group exhibition
The Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD
“Transition,” selected group exhibition
The Piano Gallery, MICA, Cynthia Fang, Baltimore, MD
“The Annual Keisho Art Exhibition,” selected group exhibition
Wakaimi art school, Selection Committee: Rex Stevens, Tony Shore and Lauren Adams, Tokyo, Japan
“Mastering Painting,” group exhibition
Fox 2 Gallery, Julia Clift, MICA, Baltimore, MD
“Sharable Art,” Benefit group exhibition, Seoul, Korea
Collection displayed at The Assembly Hall in Ihwa Town, Seoul, Republic of Korea