About

Sangsun Bae is a Korean artist living and working in Kyoto, Japan. A graduate of Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Sangsun studied for her Doctoral Thesis at Kyoto City University of the Arts, during which time she won a scholarship to study in London at the Royal College of Art. Twice selected for the prestigious VOCA art prize in Tokyo, Sangsun has shown internationally Europe and throughout Asia and is currently represented by Lee & Bae in Korea. She is now based in Kyoto. The art of Sangsun Bae consists of semi-abstractive forms associated with ‘cords’, ‘braids’, and ‘balls of string’ drawn with serene yet dynamic lines or given ceramic form. Her repeated motif of intertwining ‘cords’ and ‘threads’ hints not only at the feminine decorative handicrafts of ‘Maedup’ (the traditional Korean art of knot making), but also a kind of biological vitality of form and line as if one is witnessing to the fluid growth of blood vessels, nerves, hair, or perhaps vegetation. Though known for her abstract and introspective style. The work of Sangsun Bae is an ongoing exploration of the types of connections that exist between individuals, connections capable of holding relationships, communities, and whole societies together, but which are equally susceptible of becoming self-entangled, frayed, or of unraveling entirely. In a recent research project Bae chose to investigate the complex historical and emotional ties between Japanese citizens born in wartime, occupied, South Korea, many now in their 80’s and 90’s. By carefully avoiding an overtly political approach, she focuses instead on the deeper nature of human identity and belonging.

Exhibition

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 ‘Layers of time’, Lee & Bae, Busan, South Korea
2019 ‘Moon-bow’, Kyotography KG+, Kyoto, Japan
2017 ‘Repeat & Repeat’ Sfera Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
2017 International artist's Solo Exhibition, CIGE, Beijing, China
2014 ‘Over& Over’ Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2014 'Line's Echo', Ujong Museum of Art, South Korea
2013 'Line's Echo', Ujong Museum of Art, South Korea
2012 'Broken Knot', Gallery Dam, Seoul, South Korea
2011 'Gordian Knot', Imura art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010 'Broken Knot', Gallery Dam, Seoul, South Korea
2009 'Relationship's Shape', Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2008 'Sangsun Bae' - Gallery Yemac, Seoul, South Korea
2007 'The Dynamics of Stillness', Sfera, Kyoto, Japan
2007 'Sangsun Bae' - Gallery NV, Seoul, South Korea
2005 'Sangsun Bae' - Gallery 3A, Kyoto, Japan
2004 The Active White', INAX Gallery II, Tokyo, Japan


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 ‘Busan : It exists now as it was then’, Busan Cultural Foundation & F1963, Busan, Korea
2016 Daejeon research project A final show, Daejeon, Korea
2016 DMZ project exhibition, Gangwon-do, Korea
2015 Daejeon research project A final show, Daejeon, South Korea
2015 DMZ project exhibition, Gangwon-do, South Korea
2014 DMZ project exhibition, Gangwon-do, South Korea
2014 'Dividing Line, Connecting Line', Collaboration with Michael Whittle, Kyoto, Japan
2013 'Dividing Line, Connecting Line', Collaboration with Michael Whittle, Zuian-an, Kyoto, Japan
2013 'Gift', - 5Women artists group show Sfera exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
2012 'Secret Garden exhibition of abstract artists 31', Ujong Museum, Korea
2012 'Asian Artists’ exchange exhibition’, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India
2011 'Asian Artists’ exchange exhibition', Kyoto City University of the Arts Gallery, @KCUA Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2010 'Flatland, a romance in many dimensions', APT gallery, London, UK
2009 Sinsegae Gallery, prize winners’ group show, Gwangju, South Korea
2008 The Vision Of Contemporary Art, VOCA 2008 The Ueno Mori Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2005 The Vision Of Contemporary Art, VOCA 2005, The Ueno Mori Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Awards and Scholarships

2019 KYOTOGRAPHIE『KG+AWARD 2019』 Seleted Kyoto Japan
2017 Hang Chang-Woo Tetsu Cultural Foundation grant-in-aid winner
2014 Artist Studio Residency, Kyoto Art Center
2008 Shinsegae Gallery Prize, Gwangju
Daejeon research project (2years) South Korea, Daejeon
2005 Plein Air Workshop Scholarship,Art Association of Germany and Japan



Public Collections

The Allen Thomas jnr Collection, USA
The Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art (Art-Bank), Seoul, Korea
The Akino Fuku Museum, Japan
The Ujong Museum, Korea

The Kim Chongyung Sculpture Museum, Korea
The International Suzuki Foundation, Japan