Surreal animal sculptures by Wookjae Maeng

South Korean artist Wookjae Maeng had profound experiences with wildlife during his stays in North America. In the long tradition of artists making work to communicate thoughts and feelings about the social issues of their time, Maeng hopes to effect small positive changes by fostering interest and stimulation on this present-day concern.

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ARTIST STATEMENT:

The theme of my work is to represent the complex, ambiguous, and uncomfortable relationship between man and animal. Nature and animals have been an object of art for a long time. And, they will continue to be so until the fall of man, although the point of view is ever-changing. There are many living creatures on the earth. The human is on the top of the ecological pyramid now and can manage all kinds of fellow creatures. However, the environmental situation continues to worsen, and that tension is what I wish to explore.

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