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Artist of the Month: Jungsook Ahn


Artist of the Month: Jungsook Ahn
"Tension 2009-D-5" by Jungsook Ahn / Oil on Canvas / 93.0cm x 85.0cm x 10.0cm / 36.6″ x 33.5″ x 3.9″ / Unique Work / US$ 7,300 / Available on

Our artist of the month, Jungsook Ahn believes that “[l]ife itself is a continuation of tensions” and her Tension series of works reflects just that. 

Ahn graduated from the prestigious Goldsmiths College with an MA in Textiles from the Department of Visual Arts in London. Her focus on textiles has deeply influenced her Tension series of works, which she developed in 1998. These monochromatic works are created by stretching textile colour carriers over a specially-constructed wooden frame that extends out of the surface plane. Curved convexly or concavely, the coloured surfaces present the viewer with multiple perspectives depending on their positional relationship to the work.

"Tension 2012-A-1" by Jungsook Ahn
Oil on Canvas / 26.0cm x 200.0cm x 10.0cm / 10.2″ x 78.7″ x 3.9″ / Unique Work / US$ 9,400

In the same way that a singular work can embody so many perspectives, Ahn’s deliberately minimal use of the line represents the idea of the how a simple line can extend into an infinitely endless circle: “If the finite concept of life could be seen from the perspective of infinite time and space, it may be considered all the same.” 

"Tension 2012-D-3" by Jungsook Ahn 
Oil on Canvas / 93.0cm x 85.0cm x 8.0cm / 36.6″ x 33.5″ x 3.1″ / Unique Work / US$ 7,500

Tension is for Ahn, a way of reconciling the way that we draw lines in the sand between each other – our tensions – which perhaps explains why looking at her work, we are filled with such a sense of calm and serenity.


See more of Jungsook Ahn’s works here.


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