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Jihee Min

July 12, 2017

Korea-born Canadian Jihee Min explores art as means to engage issues of displaced culture and multiculturalism by focusing on stereotypical issues of race, language, and memory. Her interdisciplinary and self-referential practices cover a wide range of media such as sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography, and drawing. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Concordia University and a BFA with Honours from the OCADU. A recipient of various grants and awards, she has a national and international exhibition history. Her new work Umma is on display at the Varley Art Gallery until September 4 as part of the group exhibition Mother Tongue.

1. Nonogram

Logic Sketch, my favorite Nonogram App by VonStudio

What suits my craving for numbers, drawing, and completion? A Nonogram! It’s a game of Sudoku combined with Paint-by-Numbers. It’s like a crossword where you get to reveal a hidden picture with some easy brain exercises. Even if I sometimes have to pull my neck back and squint my eyes to recognize these pictures, I love solving the puzzle in search of binary images!

2. How to catch a cloud (and pin it down)

When I’m in a working mode, I put an album on repeat and listen to it endlessly. I recently listened to The Sound of Music over and over, and re-discovered this beautiful phrase: “How to catch a cloud and pin it down.” So, how do you actually catch a cloud and pin it down? Humming along might be a start.

3. Magpie

Jihee Min, Looking at the Mirror, part of the series Magpie and I, 2016, watercolour on paper

Although considered to be vermin in North America, magpies are known to bring good news in Korea. Did you know the Eurasian magpie is the only non-mammal to recognize itself in a mirror?

4. James Chapman

James Chapman, How to Sound Like a Dog in 14 Languages

One of first language differences I noticed when learning French and English as a newcomer child is that Canadian dogs bark differently. They “woof, woof” instead of “meong, meong”, and even cats here “meow” instead of “yaong.” James Chapman delightfully and accurately illustrates how animals sound in different languages. I’m in heaven when I’m on Chapman’s website.

5. Genie (in a bottle?)

I often have to repeat my name when introducing myself to new people. Jenny, Jeanie, Gigi, Jinhee, even “tee-hee.” I’ve heard many, but nothing beats this woman who reacted: “Genie? Like in the bottle?” Sorry, I wish I were that cool.



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