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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 uses digital space as an extension of abstract painting language that communicates a kind of truth that supports life. She is passionate about utilizing art to facilitate mind-body-spirit connection and individual to the collective. She 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 the physical — device screens vs printed. 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 (paradoxical) 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 book forms. 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. Often times the labor-intensive trial-and-error of printing and binding practice can evoke humility, building toward mastery within the limitations of forms. At the same time, experimentations of structure that extend malleability of forms invite connections to boundless possibilities. Like the waxing and waning of the moon cycle, this multi-layered process creates a rhythm that is similar to life, allowing meditation on the progression of time and timelessness, as well as the intradependent human conditions of body, mind, and spirit.
While inspired by the aesthetics of device technology, the umbrella theme of my work attempts to tap into a kind of truths communicated in the archetypes embedded in mythologies and holistic modalities. Stemming from the traditional abstract painting language, in the core of my work lies the inner necessity to dissolve dialectical tensions — chaos and peace; creation and surrender; structure and possibility — in order to invite new inspiration. Visual intuiting allows for 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.