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Inspired by nature, the artist invites you to read between the lines of her works, whose curves draw an infinity of worlds.

©Jae Ko / Opera Gallery

“What I wanted to do was to make beautiful art.” 

©Jae Ko / Opera Gallery

After exploring all forms of art, Jae Ko developed a real passion for paper, which she has been working with for thirty years. The adventure began with Kraft, transformed by the action of the elements with which she confronted it, ink and sea water, sand, fire, and sun. Her experiments on the texture, thickness, width, and colors of her chosen material, but also her reflection on the intertwining of architecture and landscape, led her to create three-dimensional works. 

©Jae Ko / Opera Gallery

Ripping rolls of calculator paper from the banality of everyday life, she takes up the challenge of transcending them by transforming them into sculptures. Unrolled, they are patiently rewound in a loose manner to make them malleable, and to create interstices which, when seen in cross-section, draw an infinity of changing patterns. It is then a question of fixing their shapes, which the light will bring out in relief. Kilometers of recycled paper ribbons find a second life in convolutions that have something organic about them. They are the leitmotif of the artist’s plastic explorations, guided by the associations of ideas of her naturalist inspiration. While biomorphic spirals crawl on the ground like lianas, and concentric circles evoke the ripples created by drops of water, paper waves storm the walls with the lightness of a cloud, to blossom into dreamlike mushrooms with the immaculate whiteness of a melting glacier. Force of Nature is what she calls these monumental installations, poetic topographies built with a clever stacking of folded forms, coming alive through their meanders. It is enough to change our perceptions.

©Jae Ko / Opera Gallery

Jae Ko will participate in the next edition of the Art Paris fair.


Photos: copyright Jae Ko

Sophie Reyssat