Jiin Ha

Region: MFA Annual

My painting’s subject matter is primarily focused on individuality— how it creates distance, alienation, or cohesion. I am interested in how these paintings might give the viewer the sensation of defamiliarization. My intention is to produce new feelings from the experience of everyday objects or a familiar scene. Despite the fact that they are familiar things, the objects feel strange, remote, or somewhat cold. In my painting practice, I am drawn to this unusual realm, whether a real world or a new vacuum-like dream space. With my application of paint, I echo something that does not look peaceful or that evokes coldness.

I am interested in space, relationships, balance, and isolation. Relationships may be seen as the common subject throughout my work. I am especially interested in the relationships between individuals and how these connections create and open up infinite possibilities.