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Fiat Lux Continued

Her production is extremely personal – as she is quick to point out – even if its themes are eschatological, visionary. In many ways, they function as a meditation and a prayer, a talisman and an offering, a deeply felt search for meaning and spiritual redemption through art…[Her] recent body of work has affiliations to works such as Blake’s heavenly visions, Turner’s roiled seascapes and Constable’s cloud studies (the latter two verging on pure abstraction), and more recently to Dorothea Rockburne’s vividly colored, cosmological images. Mondrian, Newman, and Rothko are also sources, to name only a few modernist artists of the spiritual…The spaces that she creates in her work encompass the poetic, conceptual measures of Asian landscape paintings…One of the artist’s many strengths, which includes a rare, non-ironic sincerity, is her ability to shift from small to great, to make a stream or a river the equivalent of a star-studded galaxy, sparkling with light, reminding us that we are all stardust. ‘For me,’ Su Kwak said, ‘light and life are the same.’”

Lilly Wei
New York-based art critic for Art in America

Excerpted from “Fiat Lux: the Art of Su Kwak”

 Fiat Lux: the Works of Su Kwak