Today we’d like to introduce you to Sunny (Kyung Sun) Moon.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am an illustrator with a recent degree from Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA. I was born and raised in Seong-nam, Korea by a family that embraced diversity within each family members, such as religion, political views, and more. I grew up realizing that speaking up and using my own voice is crucial when I am presenting my ideas to people who have different point of view to see the world. My early interest in art started with using art as an efficient tool to communicate my thoughts, it led me to become a comic journalist in my middle school’s monthly newspaper. In four blank rectangles, I illustrated the current issues happening at school.
I came to United States by myself when I was 17 to experience the world outside of my comfort zone and to expand my vocabulary as an artist. A country that uses different languages and cultures. I learned that there is much more various stories in the United States. My work started to illustrate different experiences of individuals through playful and quirky style. Figures are the main topic of my works, and often the figures themselves tell the stories and narratives of individuals. A figure can be often interpreted as the representation of a whole community which the figure belongs to, so when I illustrate figures, I try to abolish the traditional gender roles and stereotypes and focus on the unique individuality of the figures.
Please tell us about your art.
I usually work with start-up companies that seek to find their own voice to introduce their services or products. Usually, those companies have a vague idea of how they want to be represented as. I first have a talk with a company and work with them to narrow down the idea to what actually constructs their company, and how it makes the company different from other companies in the market. Bringing individuality of different companies sometimes require different approaches. Depends on the characteristics of those companies, I change my style of painting from graphic to realistic. Personalized approaches bring out the individuality of the companies
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe artist’s role is to give people a power to express themselves. I believe that individuals have different stories that are distinct from each other and should not be marginalized. It is important for an artist to focus on who’s telling the story, and finding a suitable method to tell the story, even if an artist has to change between styles and tools. Making an art piece is like a problem solving for people, and giving a voice to talk to those of who couldn’t.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I was featured in Post It Show 14 in 2018. (GB2 Gallery in Sawtelle, CA). Also, my work is on my website sunnymoonart.com.
- Website: sunnymoonart.com
- Phone: 8188498999
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: sunny.moon.art