My pieces are a result of my explorations as a visual interpreter. As a child, I always wanted to know how things worked, what defined the essence of an object, what its boundaries were, and how far such limits could be pushed. This inquisitiveness profoundly influences my artwork today. I focus on a concept, I dissect it to its bare bones, discover the ultimate truth behind it, then I reinvent it. Through my imagination and obsessive compulsion, I strive to reveal a unique beauty and irony in the seemingly mundane. In my practice, I strip down traditional mediums to their essence and employ them in a contemporary language. In this way, I breathe new life and my own vision into the materials. The resulting works often toe the line between the real and visually abstract; what you see from afar is completely different from what you see up close. A magnified view reveals layers of the details and complexity. As a translator, I strive to uncover the ironic beauty of an idea and resuscitate it through my experiments with various mediums to create a visually surreal and provocative work.
Art by Ji Oh, Work in Progress: Water
LA ART Show 2020
Elaine Kim Gallery presented Ji Oh's Artwork at LA Art Show