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Student Spotlight: Beautiful Art for South Korea

Hyojin Paik, a graduate student from Seoul, South Korea, spends hour after hour in a studio on the fourth floor of WKU’s Fine Arts Center. She designs, draws and paints.

Art follows Paik home. Unlocking the door of her apartment reveals countless hours of work, imagination and creativity. The walls are covered with her pieces.

“This school’s art department has a really good program,” she said. “Everything’s combined together. Graphic design students can also do fine art things.”

Bringing blank space to life with the mark of a pencil and the stroke of a brush has lead Paik to create a number of incredible pieces of art that are not only beautiful but symbolic and socially relevant. To Paik, her artwork represents a changing piece of South Korea’s social culture.

“South Korea is a kind of country that really has a strong masculine history, and we’re kind of in a changing period from that,” she said.

We’ve embedded a few of our favorite pieces from Paik’s Instagram feed. Check them out below. The featured portrait at the top of the story is by Morgan Hornsby

Poster artwork for muse, @bjork _ 265×420mm, digital collage _ #blacklake #illustration#illustrator #art#artwork#bjork #collage#poster #björk#vulnicura #일러스트#드로잉 #bekzin

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Language of body_detail graphite on paper, digital _ #illustration #illustrator #poster #drawing #art #일러스트 #bekzin #백진 A photo posted by Bekzin (@bekzinart) on

Another Victim_detail cut _ 22×30in, acrylic on paper _ #illustration#illustrator#illustagram #acrylic #painting #drawing #feminism #일러스트#일러스타그램#페인팅 – #youarealsovictimofmasculinculture #bekzin #백진

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다듬어지다(stereo ver.)_cropped Missing pieces _ ink on paper, digital 594x420mm, 2014 _ 나이듦에 따라 깎여나간 모난 부분에는 솔직함이 가득했다. 거칠었고 맑았고 불안하고 자연스럽고 사람냄새나는. 때때로 다듬어지지 않았던 나의 모습과 마주칠 때가 있습니다. 잃어버린 모습들이 그리워지는, 거칠기에 아름답던 시절. #illustration#illustrator#illustagram #art#artwork#drawing#doodle #pen#penart#sketch #일러스트#드로잉#펜#일러스타그램 #bekzin A photo posted by Bekzin (@bekzinart) on

벚꽃증후군(stereo ver.) Cherry blossom syndrome _ ink on paper, digital 420x297mm, 2014 – 매년 중간고사 기간에 찾아오는 분홍빛 눈꽃들이 마음이 급했는지 조금 일찍 찾아왔다. 등굣길에 펼쳐진 풍경들이 반가워 일상에 잠들었던 감정들이 고개를 든다. 벤치에 앉았다. 오늘은 좀 늦을 것 같다. #illustration#illustrator#illustagram #art#artwork#drawing#doodle #pen#penart#sketch #ballpoint#spring #일러스트#드로잉#펜#일러스타그램 #bekzin

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