HANNAH SUNG (VISUAL ARTIST)
"The visual arts include mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, and printmaking. Many of these pieces of art are created to stimulate us through a visual experience. When we look at them, they often provoke a feeling of some sort."
1.) Tell us about yourself and your childhood?
I always knew that I would become an artist. Since I was 5, all I did was drawing, mostly unicorns covered in jewels. My parents saw that I had no talent in academic studying, so my father got me involved in art lessons while I was in the 4th grade. These training sessions focused on repetition and speed. There wasn’t a lot of room for creativity in Korean society. The main focus was to draw the most realistic images as fast as possible. With spartan training, I became very equipped with what would become my future job in the art industry.
I was born in Seattle and then lived in Alaska for 3 years. When I was 5, my family moved to South Korea. I lived in Seoul for 10 years before moving back to California. I draw significant influence from the 10 years I spent in Korea and how those experiences shaped me as an adult.
2.) Tell us about a challenging time in your life and what lesson you learned from it?
My art career was always undermined by an internal struggle. Although I defined myself as an artist, I didn’t know how to love my work. My art became more of a duty than my happiness in the early time of my childhood. My struggle as a young person-centered around impressing my father instead of making myself happy. When he died in our 3rd year of life back in the United States, I was lost. I truly loved my father, and I felt empty. My main source of recognition and fulfillment had gone away. The year of his death was the most challenging time in my life.
I coped by working. I conformed to society and gained the love I sought by landing a great job in the entertainment industry. I worked for film studios to make key art; I drew concept sketches for print marketing materials for companies like Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Fox, and Netflix. I was grateful for the opportunity to make money with art, but I was gradually losing my sense of ownership as an artist. Deep down, I was angry that I didn’t know how to love my work. I had fulfilled my late father's wishes when I appeared successful and my colleagues expressed envy. This is what he wanted.
I made the decision to quit my job. I got very polarizing reactions from this decision. Some people gave heartfelt congratulations while others seriously questioned why I threw away my career. I became a freelancer and moved to Des Moines, Iowa to start my independent art journey.
3.) What motivates you to follow and pursue your passion?
My instant motivations are anger coming from my past, the time when I didn't know how to love myself, being abused and abusive relationship I was in with my father, and myself. I buried my past at my 20's funeral on my 30th birthday in 2018, so it won't haunt me as it did ever again. I learned to adore Hannah who was desperate to be loved. I came to term that my father was a man who didn't know how to fly, being stomped on by a judgmental Korean culture. He was judging himself, and he didn't want me to be him. I can't hate him because I was him. He taught me how to hate myself instead of loving who I was. I can't help but adore that Hannah who was so desperate to fly.
My passion is all about moving forward. I don't blame my father. In fact, I can't. He did the best he knew how to love me. I've realized that I am not the only one who had this abusive past; the ones who hurt me most were often hurting themselves. They wanted acceptance and approval as much as I did. I did not understand them because I had not learned to embrace their past.
"Boobles" is a project that spotlights beautiful people and encourages them to accept every part of themselves. The vision is feminine in execution, but I'd like the masculine and grey areas of gender to absorb the art and find their own meaning in it. My aim is to always create art that can touch hearts and promote healing from any number of internal scars. Healing is something we all need because we are all delicate fucking flowers that need love.
4.) What advice would you give to a new and upcoming artist?
"JUST DO IT." I can't agree enough with Nike.
5.) What is the best advice you could give your younger self?
- You can't please everyone, Hannah.
- Everyone acts like it, but no one knows what they are doing.
- So don't be scared!!
- You be you, Hannah, and I love you!
6.) Have you or how do you contribute to the community?
I donate the percentage of Boobles pin sales to Bras for the Cause. I am also in contact with the Young Women Resource Center in Des Moines to be more actively involved with their events.
7.) Who do you look up to besides your parents?
Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Lady GaGa, Marina Abramović, Yayoi Kusama, Dain Yoon
8.) What are your goals for the next 5 years?
I imagine 5 years from now on Hannah would be much more fully embraced as an artist. I am growing at such a fast pace. Boobles is constantly evolving into something different every day. Whatever I choose to be, I know I am going to be happy with my decisions.
9.) What is your motto in life?
"You Be You, Hannah! "
10.) How did you find out about Made4Mankind?
While I have been searching for communities to be involved with, I have been hearing a lot of positive stories about Made4Mankind from my surroundings.
11.) What do you know about Made4Mankind?
They are passionate for helping the community and they are hard working genuine souls.
12.) Describe Made4Mankind clothing in one word.
" E M I N E N T "
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"MARCH ARTIST OF THE MONTH"
[ HANNAH SUNG ARTWORK ]