Korean sculptor, Cha Jong Rye utilizes thin wood slats to construct meticulously crafted wall-mounted sculptures. Shaping, sanding and layering hundreds of delicate wood boards, the artist allows the process of arranging and rearranging the uniquely hand-shaped pieces to become intentionally unintentional. Richly textured three-dimensional topographies emerge in an interactive play of light and shadows transforming the once-recognizable wood material into undulating, abstracted landscapes reminiscent of sand dunes, wrinkled linen or rippling water.
Born in 1968, in Daejeon, Korea, Jong Rye is the recipient of an MFA in Sculpture from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul. Her works have been featured in exhibits and collections such as the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, the Red Sea Gallery, Singapore and the Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia PA amongst others.