Critic's Note: The Expansion of the Painting
In 1969, Tchine, Yu Yeung received a government scholarship from The Fine Art Department of Korea and went to France. Currently, she works vigorously asking the question, “Where is this painting?” rather than “What is this painting?” Over the last fifty years of her career as an artist, Tchine has been exploring this concept. She refers to the biblical story when God asks the human (Dasein), “Where are you?” During this time the human was thrown out of the current place and time. In the studio we grow to understand the painter as they create, we learn to understand the essence and background of what makes him/her.
So, where is the painting?” First, Tchine explores relationships like: analog and digital, painting and photograph, object and image, real and metaphor. She digitalizes the analogous world as she paints the photograph; somewhere along the way reality becomes a metaphor. Secondly, Tachine’s paintings depict visual art and the actual body as* art; the process acts as an exploration of people. Lastly, her painting is between, ‘the thing that we don’t paint’ and ‘the thing we cannot paint.’ Tchine draws attention to light, but ironically she doesn’t draw the light. By expressing imagery like leaves, she makes light appear in between the leaves naturally.
Tchine includes photographs and moving images to create a work of art and has expanded the genre of painting. More over, she reveals the true meaning of painting, which is not limited to material but more related to the spirit that embraces art as a part of the life.
by Sim, Eun Rok Sim (Art Critic), 2011
Collection: Private collection
Artist's Education: Seoul National University. B.F.A., PaintingMarseille-Luminy. France. Master's certificate, Arts plastiques.