YESAN, SOUTH CHUNGCHEONG (SOUTH KOREA)
Breaking the spell
The work enacts the process of my transformation in response to trauma, especially the duality between my interior trauma and exterior appearance. The work represents my feelings of an event that occurred, the experience it, and how I overcame it. I started painting when I was a very young child, but realized art is a powerful and transformative healing tool. Initially making this for people who have experienced trauma, they may feel a sense of healing from the work. Because it is hard to find people who will share openly, this would need permission from the witnesses, started to represent my experience first.
The work challenges assumptions about beauty through diverse media such as poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Specifically, the viewers are asked not to accept beauty at face value, but rather: where it is coming from and what it is concealing?
The works titles follow the process of healing and change in form from poem to performance video. My body of work will show how the personal healing process and therapeutic artworks evoke the viewers’ to feel the emotions and effects of social activism. The works would be separated by the period; an event occurred, the experience it, and how I overcame it. The viewers will follow the guide line and they will feel it.
Artist: Na Hye Ryung