Color paper on canvas
Dimensions: 61cm (H) x 91.4cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 24" (H) x 36" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This work belongs to my series is called, “Muddled,” in which I attempt to delineate pain, shock, and glimpses of hope and bliss living through today with all the confusion, fast changing culture, concerns involving our environment and safety, disappearing civility and decency – overall, unsettled state of being. While recognizing the apparent ailments of our time, I also wanted to dedicate this series to finding silver lining in all this, and that time’s precious and there’s surprising joy if we’re willing to look for it. This series is my endeavor to perceive events and things from multidimensional way; for me, this means recognizing and accepting that light and dark exist simultaneously and that one cannot exist without the other.
In this particular piece, for example, I wanted to earnestly express just sheer darkness and confusion living through our current society. Too fast of changes and too many opinions. All vociferous and entitled. This piece directly speaks to the difficulties in navigating this tricky terrain and sometimes outright dangerous environment. In terms of process, I first layered several pieces of paper and glued them together, and peeled the layers off once the canvas surface dried.
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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