SangSun Bae

Sangsun Bae is a Korean Artist living and working in Kyoto, Japan. A graduate of Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Sangsun studied for her Doctoral Thesis at Kyoto city University of the Arts, during which time she won a scholarship to study in London at the Royal College of Art. Twice selected for the prestigious VOCA art prize in Tokyo, Sangsun has shown internationally Europe and throughout Asia and is currently represented by Lee & Bae in Korea.  

Sangsun Bae completed her undergraduate degree in Korea, followed by post graduate studies at art school in Japan, and is now based in Kyoto. The art of Sangsun Bae consists of semi-abstractive forms associated with ‘cords’, ‘braids’ and ‘balls of string’ drawn with serene yet dynamic lines or given ceramic form. Her repeated motif of intertwining ‘cords’ and ‘threads’ hints not only at the feminine decorative handicrafts of ‘Maedup’ (the traditional Korean art of knot making), but also a kind of biological vitality of form and line, as if one is witnessing to the fluid growth of blood vessels, nerves, hair, or perhaps vegetation. Though known for her abstract and introspective style. The work of Sangsun Bae is an ongoing exploration of the types of connections that exist between individuals, connections capable of holding relationships, communities and whole societies together, but which are equally susceptible of becoming self-entangled, frayed or of unravelling entirely. In a recent research project Bae cose to investigate the complex historical and emotional ties between Japanese citizens born in wartime, occupied, South Korea, many now in their 80’s and 90’s. By carefully avoiding an overtly political approach, she focuses instead on the deeper nature of human identity and belonging.