GaHee Park’s (b. 1985) paintings and drawings are based on her experiences living in and observing multiple cultures. Park’s narrative paintings often depict domestic scenes and explore the private sphere, the need for people to hide parts of their lives from society in order to feel fully human. Park uses erotic imagery to question ideas of personal vs. public space, the tensions between social/cultural constructions of privacy and intimacy and the way these concepts are actually experienced by individuals in personal relationships. Animals and plants appear in her work as stand-ins for the viewer, mute observers with wild, innocent, unknowable perspectives.
Park was born in Seoul and is currently based in New York. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College. Park is a recipient of a 2016 Dedalus Foundation Fellowship. Park has had solo exhibitions at Motel Gallery, Pioneer Works in Brooklyn and Marginal Utility in Philadelphia. Park has been in group exhibitions at: James Cohan Gallery (New York), LaMaMa Galleria (New York), David&Schweitzer Contemporary (Brooklyn), Ess Ef Eff (Brooklyn), and others. Her work has been featured in publications such as New York Times, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Sleek Magazine, The Paris Review, and Working in Progress Publication.