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Ji yeon Park
updated: 01/17/2011
website: www.jiyeonpark.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Soothe the Savage Beast
Blossoms
Untitled
#2
Drunken Rabbit
Catch Up with Connie Chung
Odd Eyes
Untitled
Blotch Wash
Pink Papa
Egg
Untitled
Untitled
Chief
Wink
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, gender/sexuality, humor, identity, race, feminist, abstract
 
 
Soothe the Savage Beast   by Ji yeon Park
Soothe the Savage Beast
Digital C-print
2009
16" x  23" 
Blossoms by Ji yeon Park
Blossoms
Digital C-print
2009
18" x  28" 
Untitled by Ji yeon Park
Untitled
Digital C-print
2009
24" x  30" 
#2 by Ji yeon Park
#2
Digital C-print
2007
30" x  20" 
Drunken Rabbit   by Ji yeon Park
Drunken Rabbit
Digital C-print
2008
10" x  15" 
Catch Up with Connie Chung   by Ji yeon Park
Catch Up with Connie Chung
Digital C-print
2008
9" x  15" 
Odd Eyes by Ji yeon Park
Odd Eyes
Digital C-print
2009
22" x  16" 
Untitled by Ji yeon Park
Untitled
Digital C-print
2008
24" x  16" 
Blotch Wash by Ji yeon Park
Blotch Wash
Digital C-print
2009
21" x  30" 
Pink Papa by Ji yeon Park
Pink Papa
artificial hair, acrylic paint
2009
11" x  8.5"  x 1.5" 
Egg by Ji yeon Park
Egg
styrofoam, fabric, latex paint, artificial hair
2009
11" x  10.5"  x 2" 
Untitled by Ji yeon Park
Untitled
football, latex paint, acrylic medium, artificial hair
2010
7" x  17"  x 7" 
Untitled  by Ji yeon Park
Untitled
paper mache, gouache, acrylic medium, artificial hair
2010
6" x  12"  x 13" 
Chief by Ji yeon Park
Chief
paper mache, artificial hair, acrylic paint, acrylic medium, adult large protective underwear
2010
15" x  25"  x 25" 
Wink by Ji yeon Park
Wink
paper mache, artificial hair, acrylic paint, acrylic medium
2011
10" x  11"  x 8" 

Artist Statement

I make digital photographs that show unusual marks on areas of anonymous bodies.   I use cosmetics to simulate physical features that are commonly thought of as imperfections, such as birthmarks, skin disease, sunburn, and body hair; the latter being so aggressively drawn that the bodies look almost attacked by them. I consider the exaggerated markings to result in an ambiguous impression that is simultaneously beautiful, grotesque, humorous, and strangely decorative.

 

Typically, cosmetics are used as tools to emphasize conventional beauty, conceal perceived weakness, and resolve gender into preconceived categories.  However, in my work they are employed in order to make identities ambiguous and blur the boundary between reality and imagination.  On a ballerina’s pale tights, dark masculine hairs are drawn fiercely. The overstated makeup, which looks almost cartoonish and hysterical, fails to enhance masculine beauty, and instead induces curiosity as to the person’s actual gender.

 

When I attempt to judge the beauty of someone or something, I often feel conflict between my own instincts, and social/cultural/political/academic standards of aesthetics.  I am visualizing my vague inclinations toward justice, truth and beauty through my photographs. 

Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION        

Sept. 2003 – May 2005        

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiber and Material Studies

 

Sept. 2001 - May 2003       

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL 

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fiber and Material Studies

 

March 1997 - Feb. 2001      

Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fiber Arts

 

EXHIBITIONS

2007 

Tribes Gallery, NYC, NY  Group Show Juried by Robert Storr

 

2005                                  

Gallery 2, Chicago, IL M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, group.

Gallery X, Chicago, IL Threshold, group.

 

2004                                  

Gallery 2, Chicago, IL September Group Show, group.

Gallery 2, Chicago, IL May Group Show, group.

Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 7th International Open, group.

The Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX Dishman Competition, group.

 

2003                                  

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR31st Annual Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition, group.

The William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA 2003 Juried Art Show, group.

ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL Art to Fear, group.

G’bani, Chicago, IL Art Windows, Three Person Show

Gallery 2, Chicago, IL B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, group.  

 

2000                                  

Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea Undergraduate Art Exhibition, group.

International Felt Festival, Bergen, Norway Felt making Exhibition. group.    

 

LECTURES

2004                                  

Spring Noon Time Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Fall Noon Time Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

PUBLICATIONS

2005                              

Marsha Wineman, “Beauty Spot”, Surfacing, Issue Summer 2005, Canada

 

AWARDS / HONORS

2007                                   

Tribes Gallery Art Contest Honorable Mention Judged by Robert Storr