Ginok Song is a Korean-Canadian visual artist. She grew up in the city of Pusan, South Korea.
Song was determined that she would pursue her interest in fine art professionally and in 1992 she entered Pusan National University. In 1998 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in painting. After meeting the love of her life, Ginok moved to St. John’s, NL in 2000 and settled in Petty Harbour and since that time she has continued to make art and exhibit her work.
Ginok’s aesthetic influences include Atlantic Realism, a form of magic realism, with a focus on representations of women’s ways of seeing. Women’s experiences and their perspectives on the world are the concerns that captivate Ginok. In order to bring the reality of these experiences into the visual, Ginok turned to the representational style that allowed her to represent that which happens beyond the gendered confines of realist convention. Women’s self-knowledge and various forms of womanhood continued to deeply concern Ginok, leading her to further explore the limits and the possibilities of women’s representation. To that end, she pursued a Masters of Philosophy in Humanities at Memorial University and in 2017 she was awarded her degree. Notions of identity, gender ambiguity and difference have remained strong themes in her paintings.
Work by Ginok Song can be found in the collection of The Rooms Provincial Art Bank and in numerous private collections throughout Canada, UK, and South Korea.