Mago: Stella Im Hultberg Explores Her Korean Heritage In Ethereal And Folklore-inspired Female Portraits

Portland-based artist Stella Im Hultberg was born in South Korea, raised in Seoul, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and later in California. She studied Industrial Design and worked as a product designer before serendipitously falling into the art world in late 2005. A series of paintings and drawings exploring Korean heritage and traditional folk stories by Stella Im Hultberg is currently on display at the gallery Spoke San Francsico (Aug. 31 – Sep. 23, 2017). The exhibition is titled ‘Mago’ who, according to Korean mythology, is the mother of mothers and the root of creation. Her daughters, the goddesses So-hee and Gung-hee birthed humanity. The artist explores her changing role both as daughter and mother, interweaving personal icons like the peony, representational of her mother, with her own interpretation of folklore.

Mago: Stella Im Hultberg explores her Korean heritage in ethereal and folklore inspired female portraits
Age of Blossoms
Mago: Stella Im Hultberg explores her Korean heritage in ethereal and folklore inspired female portraits
The Rite of Spring
Mago: Stella Im Hultberg explores her Korean heritage in ethereal and folklore inspired female portraits
The Archer
Mago: Stella Im Hultberg explores her Korean heritage in ethereal and folklore inspired female portraits
Mago Samshin
Mago: Stella Im Hultberg explores her Korean heritage in ethereal and folklore inspired female portraits
Regretfully Yours

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