Self Portrait (Jayeon)

Yoo, Hyun Mi and 유현미2010

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association
Seoul, South Korea

The artist expressed a portrait photograph that combines a painting, a photograph, and media into one.


  • Title: Self Portrait (Jayeon)
  • Creator: Yoo, Hyun Mi, 유현미
  • Creator Lifespan: 1964
  • Creator Nationality: Korean
  • Creator Birth Place: Seoul , Korea
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Physical Dimensions: w1200 x h1500 cm
  • Type: Installation, Photography
  • Length: 12min 29sec
  • Artist's Note: I consider creative art to ‘be new and beautiful’. We often admire an eloquently depicted painting, saying that it is like a photograph. We also might say a very beautiful photograph looks like a painting. Why? I realized I could discover an absolute beauty everyone could relate to if I combined painting and photography. I think this is what I aspired to earnestly. I want to produce photographs like paintings and paintings like photographs along with adding sculpture to them. My work is completed in three stages: first installing ordinary objects in real space, then applying color, light and shade to them like a painting and finally, photographing them. Completing my work usually takes anywhere from two to seven months. Although I have a vision for my work’s final image in my heart, it often changes during my working process. This change is gradual, but indispensible. The outgrowth is just one photograph, but I take hundreds of photographs for it. I confirm the arrangements of objects dozens of times. Then I check the photographs after applying color and adjusting the brightness and saturation. I execute many works simultaneously in my studio. If I’m absorbed in just one work, it sometimes does not go smoothly. In this case I work on something else. While engaging in another work, problems that remain unsolved in prior works are resolved. Techniques and processes involving diverse execution such as architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, and video are all present in my photographs and completed through extremely conventional, analog methods without deforming the images with computer graphics. This work brings forth photographs blurring the boundaries between dream and reality. Demonstrating illusions by involving the processes of sculpture, painting, and photography. The blurred ambiguous borders between two and three dimensions, illusion and reality, and art genres, present new visual pleasures likely to be captured but yet remain elusive.
  • Artist's Education: 1987 Seoul National University. B.F.A.1992 New York University. M.A.1994 New York University. NY, USA. A.P.C.

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