Soey Milk is often the model for her own colorful and playful paintings that exude strong feminine energy. “I’m available to model all the time,” quips the Korean-born resident of southern California, who also enjoys it when friends model for her.
Milk’s new body of figurative graphite drawings and oil paintings are on display in her show “Kiokada,” a phonetic Korean translation of the phrase ‘to remember,’ which opens at EVOKE Contemporary on May 26.
“Human beings look at faces all the time. I love faces,” Milk says. “What I see and remember when I look at the faces I’ve painted is what I experienced while I was involved in the act of painting.”
Several years ago Milk decided to give some depth to her dream-like, figurative work by adding objects-dried blossoms, mulch, glitter and more-to her oil paints and glazes. “I have boxes full of pressed flowers and other items in my house, so while I’m painting I can select what I need for a particular piece,” she adds.
Born in 1989 in Seoul, Milk immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10 and found comfort in her new surroundings by immersing herself in making art. She spent eight years studying on scholarship at Pasadena Art Center, where she majored in illustration and design and minored in fine art.
Milk started exhibiting her work at galleries and art fairs during her studies. She exhibits approximately seven drawings and seven paintings in her EVOKE Contemporary show.