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Jayoung Yoon
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT:
My work deals with the perception of being “present” in any given moment. By developing our ability to focus our attention away from thinking and direct it into the body, we become fully conscious of being and become present in the moment. So, I am interested in creating images that invite people to pay attention to, as well as appreciate subtle moments. It makes them slow down, pause and wait, and then move into a higher consciousness. The mind becomes quieted.



I work in various media, including video, performance, sculpture, installation, and drawing incorporating materials such as human hair, salt, and water. By using the ephemeral, tactile qualities of those materials, I transform the invisible thoughts of the mind into my physical art works that convey the intimate feeling and direct attention to the body. Watching the subtle movements of the hair-thread sculptures for example, invites the viewer to explore the experience of the intimate and visceral feeling.ching the almost invisible movement of the hair and thread sculptures allow the viewer to disidentify from their mind.



The performances are meditative practices for deepening the awareness of the moment and cleansing accumulated memories from the past. They often combine the elements of sculpture, drawing and video. I sometimes make wearable sculptures woven out of my hair, which may gradually disappear, or seem to float away from the body, representing thoughts being let go. I then enter into a meditative state of mind, and into the present. I hope I can invite viewers to feel their body through the image of my body. I become a passageway to self-awareness for them. The performances are sometimes comprised of long-term actions, involving endurance, and silence.



These interdisciplinary approaches all derive their presence from the “Heightened Awareness”. When the viewers explore my works, I hope they metaphorically can feel the ‘Now,’ physically and emotionally.
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  • Crown of Thoughts
    2014
    Human hair

  • The right foot
    2012
    Human hair

  • The robe
    2009
    Human hair

  • Untitled(The hand)
    2008
    Digital print   40x60 inches
    <br>A glove made of human hair</br>

  • Sensory Thought I
    2008
    Single channel video,   1:25min
    <br>A cord made of black thread</br>

  • Watching the Mind
    2009
    Two channel video,   1:13min
    <br>A cloth made of human hair</br> <br>Each video shows a duration of time and a specific moment of transition. I filmed the light changing from sunrise to sunset through an empt

  • Watching the Mind_detail
    2009
    Two channel video,   1:13min
    <br>A cloth made of human hair</br>

  • Crown of Thoughts
    2014
    Single channel video

  • Quiet Mind
    2011
    Single channel video,   32:40min
    at Los Alerces National Park, Province of Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina

  • Emptying the Mind
    2010
    Single channel video,   3:3min

  • Non-Ego
    2010
    Two channel video,   1min

  • Non-Ego
    2010
    Two channel video,   1min
    <br>The twelve egg-shaped pieces of pottery that I sculpted for this performance are made of porcelain. Twelve alludes to the numbers on a clock face, the twelve months in a calendar year, and m

  • Listening the Mind I_detail
    2009
    Single channel video,   9min
    <br>A 12 fit diameter web made of human hair</br>

  • Listening the Mind I
    2009
    Single channel video,   9min
    <br>A 12 fit diameter web made of human hair</br> <br>I constructed a white space in a grassy meadow surrounded by trees. I cut a four-foot diameter hole in the ceiling, allowing

  • Cleansing the Memories
    2010
    Single channel video,   27min
    at The Bonneville Salt Flats, Salt Lake City, Utah <br>I purified the memory through a combination of the motion of walking. It was not just my memories, but it was about all memories from pe

  • Umbicality(A close or intimate connection.)
    2012
    Video/Photographic documentation of a performance
    <br>'Umbicality' is a live performance where two performers are connected by a funnel shaped organic web made of human hair. The web represents an invisible symbiotic spiritual connect

  • Listening to the Body Fluid
    2012
    Video/Photographic documentation of a performance
    <br>I knotted a lotus leaf made of human hair and installed it in the space. Around 60-70% of our body is made of water. When we quiet down our consciousness, we can listen to the subtle cha
 








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