Born in 1983 in Arlington, Virginia, USA
Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea

Candice S. Joo earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 2006 with a focus in architectural design. Joo started her corporate career at an architectural firm in New York City upon graduation and transitioned in 2008 to the architectural, engineering and construction industry in Seoul, South Korea. However, the rich and successful career in the corporate world was unable to fulfill Joo’s need for creative freedom. Joo in response spent much of her spare time painting without formal training and ultimately left her corporate career in 2015 to become a full-time painter.

2006 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Architectural Design (BFA)


The chain paintings tell stories about love, more specifically they portray my relationships with the people I love. When you look at the surface of chains, it’s interesting that a reflection with a range of patterns are created as a response to the chain next to each other. The surface of a chain is particularly sensitive to each other's presence and the patterns are complex like our emotions and thoughts as a result of being in a painful or joyful relationship. 

Let’s compare it to two people madly in love. When in love, the two would see things, react to things and value things similarly. However, as love starts to fade, so do these similar assets. At this point, you either give up on the relationship or resist to salvage what is left. Looking back on my relationships, I have learned that if people in your relationships are selfish or kind, it is likely that you are too. Either way you are a mere reflection of them, essentially the same. 

As the series has evolved, it has begun to touch on this pronounced differing personal histories and life encounters which generates new association and connections with our future relationships. The chain paintings capture not only a single moment but extend into different forms, elements and events that can be seen as a metaphor for relationships and communities evolving and changing over time.

More than just their similarities, they are my interpretation of our imperfect relationships that consistently require room for any growth to take place. And so, with love, the experience is not a matter of being a negative or a positive one. With love, it is you that decide how it reflects.