WEEK 14 – ARTIST INTERVIEW – YIREH ELAINE KWAK

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The exhibit that I went to this week was part of the Senior Painting/Drawing BFA Show. It was called “LIMINAL.” It was filled with many unique artist. I happened to interview the great Yireh Elaine Kwak. Her art is influenced by her personal experiences. As Kwak grew as an artist, she realized that her home and her family are what drive her artistic passion. She practices various forms of art, ranging from studio art to musical art.

IMG_4004This art piece that she had on display was inspired by her home, which has a view of the mountains. This painting is an oil painting and in my opinion is extremely detailed. I thought it was beautifully done. She says art is always changing so she’s always trying to change with it. Kwak mentioned that as an artist, a very important part of the creative process is being able to keep an open mind. Also to be comfortable with going along with different types of creative processes. Having loved and done art since childhood, Kwak is now majoring in drawing and painting. She has decided to take one year off of school after she graduates before returning for a Masters program. During her year off, she plans on working on her portfolio and doing smaller projects.

Yireh Elaine Kwak is an amazing artist that has, in a way, motivated me to start painting again. I always loved painting as a hobby, but now I have been so busy with school work I have no time.

Kwak thank you for your inspiration!

Smile,

Serena Carvajal

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