Jae Ko, paper installation from the United States. Photo © Courtesy of the artist

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

I am sculptor working with paper rolls. During my graduate program I began the shift from working with fancy paper to more industrial and mass-produced commercial paper products. This was due, in part, to the fact that these products were easily accessible and very affordable.

I began my initial explorations using rolls of adding machine or cash register tape. I began by exposing these materials to the natural elements to see how the paper would transform and what type of metamorphoses would take place.

Force of Nature Flow © Courtesy of the artist

2.What does your work aim to say?

My work is not about making a specific conceptual statement: rather, it’s about the transformative power of art. To me caring for the environment is essential. But I think of myself less as an environmental activist and more as someone who is inspired by the natural environment and can reinterpret landscapes, allowing visitors to experience a particular environment in a different way.