Kwak Hye-young South Korean, b. 1982


Kwak Hye-young's work is concerned with the properties of rain: its invisibility and its presence, created by the sound as it falls. Kwak works directly with rain to form surface patterns, aiming to create an experience of ‘seeing the sound of rain’. The works require a slowing down to view, consider and appreciate them fully. One particular piece is almost a deception, appearing empty. Caught in the right light, however, a hidden concave circle appears – the impact of a raindrop falling from a tree, one drizzly day. A self-proclaimed rain collaborator, Kwak minimises involvement in the making process, focussing on recording the existence of the rain, and finding liberation in enabling nature to co-create the works.