Joo Lee Kang

Region: Northeast

City / State: Boston, MA

By drawing mutated animals and plants, I question nature’s place in the modern context. What is nature? What is natural? The subjects I portray in my drawings reflect the ambiguity of the possible definitions. They show that I feel at a loss to describe what is natural in our present day. Cross-breeding, genetic engineering—the ways in which humans can control and reconfigure the natural process—become more abundant as technology advances. Should the results of such humandeveloped processes be construed as a part of nature, or should nature exist independently of human progress?