Joy Baek 

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Based in London, Glasgow and Seoul

The motivations driving my art practices come mostly from my personal life. My own

story plays an integral part in my practice. Behind this, there is my belief that art can

communicate integrity when an artist attempts to extend private matters into the public

realm. A well-known feminist saying, ‘the personal is political’, neatly summarises the

core concept of my practice.

My artwork has mainly addressed socio-cultural issues in Korean society by

embodying private and public interpretations of those issues. My recent pieces in

particular alludes to my thoughts upon the on-going invasions and breach of privacy

caused by hidden recordings; furthermore, how the consequences of such surveillance deprive women of their rights over their bodies. To the bigger extent, my aim is to record history of our times through my artworks as shedding light on the lives of minorities and socially excluded people.

My primary form in practice is performative sculpture which features the co-existence

of dynamic and static vibes. This method highlights my interest in the interconnection

between art and activism. That is, artworks, as a means of articulating problems in

society, may be too ambiguous to stimulate immediate change; however, I believe that

the virtue of using artworks to chart our lives allows for gaps and spaces we can fill

with actions, thoughts, and conversations.



CCW Foundation course / Sculpture


Chelsea College of Arts  / BA Fine art 


Glasgow School of Art  / MA Fine art




“Spilt Milk”, 5th Base Gallery, London.


“Self-sustainability”, Chelsea College of Arts, London.

“Animal Requiem”, Asylum & Maverick Projects, London.

“Am I as joyous as I should be?”, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London.

“The Litter Exhibition”, SW1Y 6BU Mason’s Yard, London.


“Mankind is a God in Ruin”, Candid Arts Trust, London.

"NOBUDAM 4th exhibition: Home", Online.



Joined an artist assembly named ‘82 Light-weight Artists’ ( and also formed a (separate) artist group, ‘Elephant and 2 Butts’. 


Working as a docent in the exhibition, 

‘Negotiating Borders’ at Korean Cultural Centre, London.

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 © 2020 by Jihye Baek.