Do Ho Suh: Works on Paper at STPI is a survey of the Seoul-born, London-based artist’s extraordinary body of work created during his multiple residencies with STPI since 2009. The book contains over 200 highly detailed illustrations, two illuminating essays by Allegra Pesenti and Sarah Suzuki, as well as an intimate reflection by Suh himself in conversation with Martin Coomer.
A sculptor and installation artist, Suh is best known for his full-scale fabric works in which he meticulously reimagines the architectural space of his past homes. With STPI, Suh turned to print and paper as a new medium to channel and re-create these forms. The resulting Thread Drawings, developed using an innovative technique that employs thread as a sculptural material on handmade paper, represent an important breakthrough in Suh’s repertoire.
Through the illustrations, this book further documents Suh’s pastel rubbings (Rubbing / Loving) of interior spaces and everyday objects that disclose and memorialise details of his surroundings. It also contains the detailed Cyanotypes, created from a printing process that articulates familiar images as silhouettes in shades of cyan blue, among other artworks.
While Suh’s articulate thoughts (in conversation with Martin Coomer) on his relationship with STPI provides a penetrating perspective as to how his multiple residencies have deeply affected himself as an artist, the essay by Sarah Suzuki, Tracing the Thread: Do Ho Suh at STPI, produces a cogent dissection of Suh’s trajectory and processes with STPI’s Creative Workshop. In another vein, Allegra Pesenti’s piece, Touching Time: The Rubbings and Recent Works of Do Ho Suh, is a vivid contextualisation of Suh’s enduring artistic exploration of self, identity and home.
To this end, Works on Paper at STPI provides fresh insights as to how we can come to understand the artist’s practice, alongside illustrating the fruitful outcomes stemming from Suh’s and STPI’s long-standing collaboration.
Note: This publication weighs 3.5kg