Narrae Kang moved from South Korea to the United States in 2017, which she describes as a life-changing decision. It brought the artist to many challenges in locating and adapting herself to a different cultural and social environment. As opposed to obsessing about becoming a member of the new society, Kang spent most of her time at her space alone, feeling secure, and that is how the artist started to appreciate her daily routine and considered archiving surroundings as the subject matter of her work.
Here is a series of archival drawing projects of the Brookline Arts Center by artist Narrae Kang. It refers not only to the location and the time that she spent at the BAC, but also the clues of her real existence. Through the show, she shares how an immigrant woman artist appreciates the beauty of mundanity while taking so much care with her labor and effort. Specifically for the exhibition, she found subtle site-specific things and moved them into art pieces with her glassworks and drawings. By transcribing on the surface of glass with a mark-making method, she tries to reinvent how we feel the beauty in our daily lives and raises questions about the life of an immigrant woman artist.
Working between art and design, Narrae Kang often employs drawing, glass, and light to capture “elements of mundanity” and regenerates their meaning through her practice. Kang holds a B.A. in Interior Design and an MDes in Glass Craft & Design, and her experimental glasswork has been selected as a finalist for the Stanislav Libensky Award in 2013. Based on her thesis project from the graduate program, Kang co-founded a socially engaged art practice studio in 2014 with her partner, which was supported by government grants in South Korea. She has been endorsed by the city of Seoul as an artist-in-residence, and she developed various place-based projects in collaboration with local manufacturers and traders. Based on her own experiences, Kang’s recent projects delve into the reinterpretation of daily life. Kang currently lives and works in Brookline, MA.