Magenta Kang was born on the South Eastern coast of Korea and her earliest memories are constructions of found-items & driftwood on the seashore and her father’s work as a calligrapher and stamp-maker. She obtained her undergraduate degree in fine art from Seoul Women’s University and worked as a textile designer in Seoul until moving to the UK in 1997. Since arriving in the UK she has worked & taught as a textile designer and freelance artist and continued her studies at St. Martin’s College, London. In 2012 she graduated cum laude as Master of Fine Art from West Dean College specialising in tapestry and textile art. She has exhibited in both London in Insadong, Seoul.
“I see my work as a fusion reflecting my passion for nature and humanity. The final resolution is invariably a synthesis of cultural and natural organic elements. My practice always encompasses an autobiographical thread, which I see as a continuous exploration of self-perceived identity”.
Above picture: The piece is a commentary on the recent disastrous ferry accident off the South-West coast of Korea in which 304 people (manly children) lost their lives. Such tragedies leave me feeling Korean society is degraded by a lack of genuine concern for one’s fellows. Through this piece I wish to re-connect with this concern and so help renewal. Each piece of driftwood represents one victim. The pieces on the floor below represent the nine as yet un- recovered victims.
- Cambridge Open Studios and Babylon Gallery, 2015 & 2016
- Korean Artist Association Exhibition ‘Arirang’, London 2015
- ‘Korean Chronicles’ at KCC, London, 2014
- Masters of Fine Art End of Year Show at West Dean and London, 2012
- ‘Magenta Tree’ Poster shows at Charing Cross Station and Waterloo Station, 2012
- Artist at work: Process Recorded at Korean Cultural Centre in London, 2011