Wk 14 – Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kwak

I had the opportunity to see Yireh Elaine Kwak’s piece in an exhibit called Liminal. I remember seeing her other exhibit early on in the semester. I belie her pieces are really eye catching.

Yireh Elaine Kwak’s major is a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Drawing and Paint at CSULB and is graduating soon. After she graduates, she is considering going to graduate school at a different place, but still in California.

Elaine Kwak has been oil painting for about ten years. She really likes painting landscapes involving nature because it reminds her of home. She said she prefers to draw and paint from memories.  She feels that photos are artificial, while drawing and painting from memory has a different feel to it. She believes that if she was drawing or panting from a picture, she would might as well take it. She thinks that if she makes something from memory, she can add her own touch to it. She said she would get an idea or find a view and sketch it out after  and then she would start doing her thing. Kwak also said she likes to use bright colors so her work can stand out.


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