April 29, 2014

Anu Rana: Imagination with purpose, sort of like Mary Poppins

I laughed to myself the other day when I realized my childhood obsession of collecting all sorts of objects has indeed carried on into adulthood. When I was younger I would retrieve and organize stamps, figurines, pogs, coins, paper, glitter, and pretty much everything else. Now I collect and compartmentalize, but I do it with the things I find online as a creativity blogger, and admittedly still with toys are other fine ridiculousness too. Perhaps this is why Pinterest is so popular! More importantly, I share this anecdote because I was happily nostalgic when I came across a zine by Korean illustrator Hye Jin Chung—a series about strange collectors and their interesting objects of affection, including planets, plants, minerals, and water.

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In a growing field of defiantly visual, abstract art, Hye Jin’s ability to tell a story and one that I can relate to is a welcome cup of tea. It’s not only her Collectors series, but an embrace that is felt through many of her pieces. She is essentially a good storyteller, exuding charm and whimsy through her mixed media—combining illustration with paper collage and bright colors with neutral textures.

Hye Jin has developed her aesthetic by studying design and developing a taste for geometric shapes and finding general inspiration in other’s illustration. She says she has learned how to use shapes and colors from studying the use of strong and simple visual images in poster art.

The effect of an MFA degree in Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts is apparent in Hye Jin’s portfolio of work, so I asked her how her approach between commercial and personal work differs. She says, “When I do commercial work, I have to convey the story I was given, so I try to focus on more narrative and concept,” while in personal work “there is no limitation on creating images so less stress [is] involved,” allowing for primarily visual play through colors and form.

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Hye Jin manages to combine childhood with adulthood—imagination with purpose, sort of like Mary Poppins. Clearly, I’m feeling sentimental now and it feels good. You can feel the same by checking out Hye Jin’s portfolio on her personal website here.

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The author of this post, Anu Rana is the founder of creativity blogs Mango Popsicle  and Look Listen Intuition. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Love Hye Jin’s work! And there is a whole lot of exciting illustration in both Korea and Japan at the moment. All love worthy!

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