Tokyo

Choi Jae-Eun

Ueda Gallery

There is a consistent theme—nature and time—in all of Choi Jae-Eun’s installations. Using live and organic materials, which change during the course of an exhibition, she creates works that embody the concept of “ephemeral nature.”

Born in Seoul, Choi left South Korea at the age of 19, and after spending some time in the West, came to Japan. There she studied fashion and jewelry design, and then attended the Sogetsu school of flower arrangement. She became celebrated for her gifts in flower arranging and renewed her reputation two years ago with an installation that was somewhat like a large-scale ikebana. In that installation, the entire floor was covered with mud out of which grew prairie grass in a line from one corner of the room to the other. The green grass eventually went to seed, turned brown, and became dry and decayed. Paths of stone blocks arranged through the mud enabled viewers

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