Michelle Seo’s work contends with the balancing of societal class rage in discordance with the happiness and love of the nuclear family. With a “Korean” approach and a core of “American,” Seo grapples with turning her personal reality into a universal fiction. Veiled by characters that symbolize naïveté such as the bunny and the teddy, and other animals of Korean tradition—turtles and fishes—Seo visualizes her memory and emotions between imagination and reality.
DUST is a homage to a long time admiration for the art of comics. As a silent comic in watercolor, Seo’s DUST the story of a girl’s spirit emerging from a well in a pagoda heading towards the final moment when she witnesses her body’s incineration into dust by the sun. Pondering what happens after death, DUST is Seo’s response to not only the ongoing pandemic, but also to her living together with her grandmother suffering from dementia.
Michelle Seo graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing. She has exhibited in Chicago and Los Angeles. She was a recent a Studio Artist at ACGG and is currently pursuing a MFA in ceramics at Alfred University, New York.
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