Do Ho Suh’s installations and works on paper use silk and thread to create architectural wonders. Other times, his site-specific work has included entire houses, built, slanted, and placed in odd places to explore the concept of space and home.
“Suh attempts to draw attention to how viewers of his work inhabit the public space around them,” one statement says. “Each piece the artist creates is meant to explore the relationship between individuals and the general public, so his themes are often both spatial and psychological. His works also defy standard notions of scale. One example is Staircase-III, a life-sized replica of a staircase suspended in an immense empty room, which is located at the Tate Modern in London.”
The Korean artist recently received the $275,000 Ho-Am Prize for the arts. The award was created in 1990 by Samsung chairman Kun-Hee Lee, recognizing contributors to science, medicine, engineer, the community, and of course, the arts.