Jae Ko

Born in 1961, Korean artist Jae Ko attended the Tokyo art school and received a BA from the Wako University in Japan and a MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, USA. She currently lives and works in Maryland, USA.


Jae Ko creates a new visual language with elegant spirals and ribbon installations that can take on monumental proportions. She finds inspiration in nature, and her forms readily evoke organic matter-tree rings, tornadoes, roots, branches or seeds. The intuitive design of each of Ko's sculptures are made from miles of everyday office, recycled paper or adding-machine tapes, which she unwinds and reshapes, bathes in vats of ink and then lets dry out over months. Her seductive work occupies a space between writing and sculpting; a biomorphic form that often looks like a swollen calligraphic mark.


 In 2002, Jae Ko received the Pollock-Krasner grant. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious 'Anonymous Was A Woman' art award and The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC mounted Ko's installation of "Force of Nature". Her work is part of prestigious private and public collections such as the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC, the Washington D.C. Convention Center, Wilson Building, Washington, DC and the ADM in Chicago, IL amongst others.

Image courtesy of the artist