About the Artist
As an Asian female adoptee, Ahn Hee was raised in Maryland. She used art as a creative outlet from a young age, initially focusing on watercolor and photography. She then received her BFA in Visual Communications, concentration in graphic design, in 2009 from University of Delaware. In the last decade, Ahn Hee moved to New York and completed her MPS in Art Therapy. She spent the last 8 years in NYC as an Art Therapist and Reiki Practitioner working with trauma survivors and high risk populations. In the last year, Ahn Hee has relocated to Austin and has reclaimed her passion for abstract painting primarily using acrylic medium as well as watercolor. She is motivated to use her past experiences both personal and professional in trauma and energy healing to contribute to her art making process today.
Ahn Hee’s creative process has evolved from working with others as an Art therapist to focusing on her own energetic and personal craft. Ahn Hee began processing her adoption several years ago and these personal life challenges have guided her process towards focusing on movement and creating a healing and grounding space. Ahn Hee’s family and friends have been a driving force of support to explore and take risks which has greatly influenced her work. Additionally, her understanding of trauma and healing, part of her work as an art therapist as well as an energy healer, have taught her about flow and how letting go opens up the creative process. She continues to explore the balance of disruption and repair both from a distance and up close. Ahn Hee’s creative process includes multiple layers of adding and removing acrylic paint, which contributes to the story of the work. She uses juxtaposed textures and multiple strokes of color to represent the energy, emotions and people that have accompanied her along her journey. She is inspired by dance, the energy fields and how the body and mind connects and shifts. Ahn Hee aims to display these arrangements in a way that is healing yet still grounding for the viewer.