Our Artist of the Month for May is Korean artist Yeji Jun and her kaleidoscopic acrylic paintings.
South Korean artist Jun received her MFA from Hunter College in New York. She recieved the first prize in the Viridian Artist International Juried Exhibition, juried by Elisabeth Sussman, curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has also exhibited her work internationally and been involved in various residency programmes in Korea and New York.
Jun works in a variety of media including wooden panels and blocks, creating paintings, interactive installations and structures. Colours and text feature distinctively across her work, bringing disparate elements together in a harmonious and strong artistic anguage that is her own. For Jun
"My art is my state of mind, coming from my subconscious. My state of mind includes not only internal thoughts but external experiences; impulses, images, emotions, daydreams, and elements from my daily life."
Her acrylic works look almost like a colourful version of the inkblot test pioneered by Hermann Rorschach, which is apt when considering how the elements are so derived from Jun's subconscious in a way that is both spontaneous and deliberate. There is always an element of play in her works, whether through the blocks of "after playing" or some of her works that ressemble doodles, that give a sense that they are meant to be worlds within one's inner psyche.
Jun creates her works with her viewer in mind,
"actively anticipat[ing] the responses of my viewers. My works are not just transferred from my thoughts to artwork. They go from me to my viewers, and from my worlds to theirs. My art is therefore a method of conversation. It is a visual language in which I converse with myself and my viewers."
Therefore, despite the playfulness of her works, there is a sense of connection when looking at Jun's works - a sense of warmth - as if one is having a deep and thoughtful conversation with a close friend.
See more of Yeji Jun's works here.
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