Color paper on canvas
Dimensions: 76.2cm (H) x 76.2cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 30" (H) x 30" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
In this painting/collage, I intended to express my desire to be free - letting go of some things and thoughts, and even fall without any inhibition whatsoever. In my practice, it is almost impossible to be completely spontaneous especially during the earlier stage of process, as it is unfeasible to spontaneously place and glue layers of paper; instead, it is ordinarily very intentional as to where and how I place the layers of paper. In this piece, however, I attempted to place them as unintentionally as possible to see and feel the freedom, as if I were painting with much more malleable medium such as water color or acrylic, throughout the creation of this work. Other than the process of randomly placing and gluing the paper, the process remains the same: once layers are dried, they are ripped from the top one by one, creating lines and marks throughout the painting/collage.
Hometown: San Gabriel
Based in: San Gabriel
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Young spent much of her youth surrounded by art, culture and beauty, spending hours at end drawing and painting. Young received a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Studio/Visual Arts focusing on oil painting. She continued to follow her love of art and design by receiving her degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design and working as a fashion designer in NYC and Chicago.
In her body of work, melding her past experiences and passion together, Young creates abstract paintings using paper – combining elements from art, design, and craft. Technique and process are key as she unearths the essence of a particular theme, an emotion or an idea by peeling away colored paper that was first meticulously built up, applied, layered, and dried. As an artist, Young explores the concept of excavation and unearthing. In particular, she is inspired by the process of peeling and removing intricate layers in order to reveal what is underneath and between. She compares this process of unearthing very much akin to our lives, experiences, emotions, and most importantly, us at our core, as we are composites of different and complicated layers and that the truth is often hidden behind. Through the use of color and texture, she shines light on the beauty, the complexity, and depth that lie above and beneath. Young resides in Los Angeles where she works as a full-time painter.
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