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Chunbum's paintings of women may appear to play into the trope of exhibitionist nude painting, but the rough, almost abandoned brushstrokes hint at the fact that they are expressions of his very personal dilemma caught in between his privileges as a cis man and fantasies of becoming woman. So the women in these paintings don't present markers of femininity like their hair of breasts in a shy, graceful manner - they clutch and hold onto their own bodies as if to protect against an invisible threat.
Born in Seoul, South Korea / Works in Palisades Park, NJ
As a self described mostly straight Asian male, Chunbum Park, also known as Chun, explores gender fluidity and his fictive femme expression through art. Varying in texture and level of abstraction, the feminine figures of his work drift in and out of otherworldly color palettes. The exaggerated anatomy of his work in shrinking yet sexualized poses subvert the pathways of dominance that the oppression of queer people, women, and poc have made. Chun believes that the vulnerability in beauty and self-expression takes greater courage.