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The Art of Sooky Kim and Andrea Pejack

Emerging artists Sooky Kim and Andrea Pejack present works inspired by thoughts of childhood and the idea of transcending space and time in order to return home to nature. In a world where you can often feel detached and alienated, the love of home offers comfort and shelter away from it all.

Join us for an opening reception on Sunday July 26 at 2:00 PM

About the Artists

ANDREA PEJACK will be entering her junior year as a graphic design major this fall at the University of South Florida. Her art has been seen at Mainsail and the Art Center, as well as several shows at the Studio@620 including the 2006 Manifesto reading and The Girlie Show: Under the Big Top. She is the winner of the William R. Hough & Co.’s Christmas card competition, the Mainsail “Young At Art” Award and Scholarship, and the recipient of two Gold Keys and three Awards of Merit from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her murals have been commissioned around the bay area at private residences as well as other institutions such as Grace Lutheran Church and School. She is currently illustrating several children’s books for various artists.

ANDREA’S ARTIST STATEMENT:  Memories from childhood remind me of my connection with nature – nature being the “home” that we are all from – and not feeling like I belong anywhere else.  It is my security when I find myself in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people, and it heals my loneliness when I am away from home.  As I grow up, I feel myself being pulled away from this natural place as the world I am surrounded by constantly changes. But the positive spirit of my home always reminds me not to worry and that it’s always there to go back to.

SOOKY KIM was born in Seoul, South Korea. In Seoul, Sooky attended several art schools and became familiar with both traditional and contemporary Korean Art. Since relocating to the United States in 2001, she has focused her life on maintaining meaningful connections to her Korean heritage, acclimating herself to American culture, and continuing her artistic practice. Sooky attended the Visual Arts program at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Her acceptance to the program brought her many joys such as receiving the Four Gold Keys award at The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards from 2003 through 2006 and the Award of Merit at the 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Currently Sooky is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

SOOKY’S ARTIST STATEMENT:  I like to pretend that Ican travel through time and space. I imagine my life reincarnated and the possibility of having an out of body experience. Imagination is a comfort zone where I no longer feel trapped in my body. In my imagination I allow myself to float around in my thoughts and mind. I go back to my childhood and try to regain the confidence I once had. This rediscovered optimism provides emotional liberation, a renewed sense of security and allows me to invest in a love I was once offered but took for granted.

 

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