READINGS / The Wanderlust of Sunga Park - March 8, 2017
Jaded by the daily grind of work, South Korean graphic designer and illustrator Sunga Park found solace in traveling around the world. Inspired by her travels, she would draw the buildings that she saw and the people that she met as a means of retaining these precious memories. Drawing these exotic locations became a form of respite for her, a welcome relief from her day-to-day routine.
What makes Park’s work distinctive is her soft and fluid use of pen and watercolor. “Watercolor is the best medium for creating my art; the unpredictable characteristic of water allows me to give my art a natural aspect. My repeated attempts of working with watercolor led to a ton of failures. In a way, this medium taught me a lot about life.”
Park felt that her move from using software to using watercolor on real paper was truly liberating. “In graphic design, we have easy commands such as Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+S. But in reality, no one can save their real experiences onto a storage device and what we’ve done cannot be undone.” Working with watercolors led her to create a slew of projects in which she combines her previous graphic design experience with her love of visual art – she feels that her web design for House at Khlebny is one such project that has defined her as an artist.
对她来说，从电脑作画转为使用纸张和水彩作画是一种真正的解放。“用电脑创作平面设计时，我们可以很方便按下Ctrl+ Z和 Ctrl+S来操作。但在现实中，没有人可以将自己的真实体验保存到某个存储设备中，所有的行为都是无法撤消的。”她的水彩作品为她带来了许多设计项目的机会，在这些项目中，她将自己的平面设计经验与对视觉艺术的热爱出色结合。为 House at Khlebny 打造的网页和插画设计更她真正确定自己作为一名艺术家的身份。
Her most memorable travel experience took place when she was sketching along the streets of India and around Central Asia. In these countries, where she was unable to communicate in any language, she used art to bridge the gap. “Locals become really open-minded as soon as they came to understand what I was doing. They wanted to see my sketchbooks and even asked me if I could draw them. This is one of the greatest things that art can do – it allows me to share my talents with people and even give them a laugh.”
Currently on the move, Sunga feels incredibly blessed that her art has enabled her to travel to wherever her heart desires. Her upcoming itinerary includes a journey to Europe via the Trans-Siberian railway as well as North America and South America. This trip will form the basis of her next project, a foldable travel map that will depict all of her adventures. “The idea is to create a map that is almost like a book, so that I can share all of my travel stories with people that I meet on the road. My art can’t be completed on my own. It’ll be created with the people that I meet along the way.”