Stickymonger

The quiet beauty of the everyday finds home in surreal excepts from an artist's internal cinema.

Joohee Park, aka Stickymonger, (she/her) was born in South Korea and is now based in Brooklyn, New York.

Practice

Her use of vinyl was inspired by her childhood memories of Korea, where her family owned a gas station, and became interested in petroleum and oil.

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More than 10 years ago Stickmonger had a dream where a gigantic fish tank filled with broken girl androids spoke out to her. She believes this intense visualisation foreshadowed the use of glass and window installations in her work.

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Collaborations with Stickymonger

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Practice overview

Stickymonger creates manga-esque portraits with subtle elements of surrealism. Young contemplative women pose in familiar settings – eating, smoking and exploring. In monochrome and pastel colour palettes, hazy textures are rendered in multiple layers of spray paint and acrylic. The artist also makes fibreglass sculptures, murals and large-scale vinyl installations. A range of influences inform her practice. In particular 19th century modernist Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico and Japanese anime from the late 1970s and 80s such as Galaxy Express 999 and Toward Terra. But above all, Stickmonger’s main inspiration is life itself – “I just want to capture these never-ending moments and feelings that inspire me.”

The artist sees each work as a projection from her own “internal cinema.” While the paintings are not directly self-portraits, they embody personal psychological experiences. In earlier works figures often appear with holes through their heads to represent the fact that – as Stickmonger puts it – “I have no idea what people think.” In later paintings the compositions largely focus on facial expressions, presenting anxiety and loneliness as romantic and comforting. Together, these metaphors and juxtapositions create a form of escapism on canvas – a cinematic tableaux of the artist's life and imagination.

“I just want to capture the never-ending moments and feelings that inspire me.” Stickymonger