Jae Hi Ahn looks for a hidden life in synthetic materials. Her work often involves repurposing common industrial products to style organic forms. Based on repetitive, self-similar processes that occur in living environments, her sculptures are a tribute to nature’s many wonders. Her rustic upbringing has a strong influence on the way she perceives the world, even when immersed in hyper-urban settings; she tends to seek out the organic potential of man-made objects and places.
Ahn received her BFA in sculpture from Chungnam National University in South Korea and an MFA from Long Island University’s C.W. Post Campus in New York. Her awards, residencies and exhibitions include: Sculpture Space, Ragdale Foundation, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, the Field Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center, Broadway Windows at NYU, Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Alpan Gallery, Han Yong Jin Award, I-Park and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and the Brooklyn Rail. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
During her Swing Space residency, Ahn is developing a site-specific installation, Urbanscape, which engages the industrial city and Governors Island’s surrounding costal scene.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Artist