Best Sculptor

Jee Sun Park

Jee Sun Park has said she is interested in shapes that result from pushing forms to their breaking point. She's fascinated by that moment when natural expression and control are most in conflict. You can see this in pieces that are often mixtures of the natural and the manufactured: wax casts of gourds locked within a square metal frame; balloons filled with plaster, their soft round shapes made hard. There's an organic quality to her work, matched by a hard intellectual line. And while her pieces aren't particularly political, ideas about gender, culture, and personal struggle abound.