by Korean artist Samantha Wall. She was born in 1977 in Seoul, South Korea. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon and is represented by Laura Russo Gallery. She studied Studio Art at University of South Carolina, Columbia and Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.
Emotions, drives, compulsions, desires—these internal forces determine how we position ourselves in the world and construct interpersonal bonds. These imperceptible experiences originate from within the unconscious mind and radiate through the strata of one’s being. However, introspective emotions such as shame, humiliation, and pride provide opportunities for self-reflection that have the potential to expose these internal mechanisms. Private encounters within the self are revealed within these moments of hyper awareness. My drawings are a result of mining my own experiences and correlating emotional states to expose the internal negotiations between my sense of self during these moments of acute visibility.