Hui Ju Na

#Literature #Picture_Book(s)_Writer #Creativity #Being_Considerate #Fun #Shiny #I_Follow_the_Basic_Rules_At_Least

Fields or Genres : Literature / Poetry / Illustration books / Art therapy education

Location/Platform : Seoul, Korea

Q. Tell Me about Yourself

When I was a child, friends would follow my lead. If I suggested to do something fun, they would gather around me and we played together. As the fourth daughter in my family, I am patient and good at giving and sharing, but I can’t stand at something unjust. I do when I’m convinced. I want things to be fair and just. My interest in Korean language and literature, and social and culture studies became a background for my classes. I enjoy teaching with fun.

Q. What Is Your Driving Force or Inspiration of Your Practice?

It’s fun and meanings. There is a saying, “If it has to be done, do it now; if it’s someone else’s work, do it by yourself; if you are going to do it anyway, enjoy doing it.” Likewise, I try to have fun from whatever I do because that’s what is important in life. The more meaningful it is, the more I try to do my best.

Q. What is a Teaching Artist?
Describe the Teaching Artist You Would Like to Become in Ten Years.

A teaching artist is a person who communicates the joy of arts one experienced to others. A teaching artist is also a person who shares the positive power of arts with others and the world instead of keeping it to oneself alone. I would like to become a better teaching artist every ten years.

Q. What is the Metaphor, the Right Word, for your Practice?
And Why?

Daily life. It’s where my practice takes place. With just a sheet of paper and a pencil, ordinary objects you can easily see in your daily life, I can write or draw. I can write things just with my imagination, and draw anything even with a finger if I am on the sand.

Q. What Do Colleagues Mean to You?

Different people become my colleagues each time. Colleagues are not a fixed group of people. Instead, a new group of colleagues is made each time, and new ideas come up. Right now, here, my colleagues are teaching artists in Floresta. It’s fun to try something new with someone I haven’t met before.