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.