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Yejin Yoo (b. Seoul, South Korea) holds BFA and MFA with an emphasis in painting and installation, and MPS Art Therapy from School of Visual Arts, NY. She is a multidisciplinary artist who is interested in working through the essence of the mediums utilized (including herself) to create paradoxical reverberation of *being and becoming. While embracing the aesthetics of device technology, the inner neccessity of Yoo’s work is to create a space where a sense of wholeness and fractalized metamorphic desires can be experienced at a same vibration — the resonant creative force of unfolding and reunion.
Her cross-medium visual work is guided by the abstract painting language of visual intuiting that taps into a kind of nondual truth of our humanity and the trajectory of human history. She utilizes voice, body movements of herself and others, plants, animals, nature, and communications between them to make visible the authentic, rich and full expression/manifestation of the divine in all that is. She is passionate about utilizing art to facilitate mind-body-spirit connection, one to the One, and nature to Nature. Creating portal for emotional availability is the ultimate motivation and reason for her practice. Yoo is based in Brooklyn, NY practicing art, and facilitating art therapy sessions and holistic support groups as a board certified registered art therapist and a reiki master.
I am drawn to the aesthetics of the virtual and tangible — device screens vs physical manifestations. I enjoy reconceptualizing and embodying the in-between aesthetics of these two zones by making visible and amplifying the visual qualities of both modalities (i.e noise, blurriness, inverted color, enlarged pixelation articulated in ink). An aesthetic search for synchronicity and (inclusive) catharsis guides the image-making in which visceral textures become invitations to drop in deeper under the surface and something forgotten yet familiar can be recognized and reclaimed in the psyche of the viewers.
The medium-referential photo work is inspired by the inherent aesthetic qualities of the tools used: Camera lenses, monitors, paper, printer ink. Similar to how paint is utilized in paintings as both the medium to depict pictures as well as its unique physicality as a material, digital mediums become both pronounced aesthetic ingredients and also the means for the production of imageries in my work. As a result, the boundaries between the process and product — and tool and subject — are softened. Pictures taken in a range of modes (iPhone photos, screenshots, pictures of photographs on monitors, pictures of printed photographs) are juxtaposed to further incorporate the experience during the creative process as the integral element of the finished image.
I make meaning through the multi-layered process: Creating/capturing images, virtual transformations, reflective picture-taking (i.e. picture of an image on monitor, photograph of printed materials), reframe, output, and embodying in paper. This cyclical continuum allows time and space to crystallize the intangible (virtual and fleeting), for emotions to develop, and eyes to reflect, in relation to our aging bodies.
Through attention and play, my work allows a ground for me to enter into many dimensions of being-ness in the self and others and the intersection of the two. I am drawn to spiritual modalities that activate and validate our energetic body and emotional body, and practice heart awakening, setting intentions, and co-creating reality by tuning into the cosmic current. Although not pertaining to one spiritual orientation or tradition, my work relates to the Vedic and Zen notion that in the core of our being, there is a self that does not change over time, which is the uniting life force of all there is. My life and work is an endless process of continuous coming home to *subjective nature of being that is shared by all beings.
*On Ethics of Enlightenment
Cited from the Paradox of Unity and Spiritual Autonomy by Adyashanti
“Every part of creation is uniquely itself. Each thing, each person, each being has unspeakable value. They are an expression of the highest principle – they are the expression of existence itself. Seeing that physicality of any material be the manifestation of divine, affects the way we interact with the world. It transforms the way we see the world of time and space with everything and everyone in it. Spiritual autonomy is acknowledging every way the absolute expresses in authentic individual. Paradoxically, by returning to our own nature of unconditional openness through the individual humanity of the mundane and the physical, with emotional deepening of genuine sincerity can we truly experience unity.“