Judy Koo is currently a junior at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She is expecting to receive her BFA degree in 2015, studying painting as concentration with minor in art history.

Artist Statement

My work often begins with translating impulsive thoughts through drawing then to painting. The thoughts are curioisties and interests involving color, material, sounds, and environment. I use markers, pens, and pencils to create a drawing that reflects my fascination with trivial momnets found in my daily activities. Some of the trivialities I engage in are my daily meals. These can be about a small size black coffeee that I always spill along the way to the studio, honey pecan cream cheese for my morning bagel, or peeling the thin white strips that are stuck to bananas and oranges. These ordinary daily tasks are ncessary as they are my body’s sources of vitality, just as how a simple idea drives my painting. I make paintings that are chaotic, lyrical, and playful. I do designate a specific place on the surface to start from. I do not treat drawing as making a pre-existing plan or sketch for painting. I regard it as coding to translate and execute. Along with drawings, I experiment with digital collage to subvert my own set of rules as I paint.