Yeoran Je (Seoul, Republic of Korea 1960 - )

About

Je Yeoran has been using squeegees, instead of typical tools like brushes, for around thirty years to define her own style of art. She keeps posing fundamental questions about paintings – ‘What is painting’, ‘What painting delivers’, ‘What do audiences feel’, and so on - and demands audiences to be an active participant in understanding her works.

Je Yeoran’s paintings are represented by antagonism and dynamism. She especially highlights dichotomous values, such as ascent and descent, expansion and contraction, brightness and darkness, delight and anger, and so on… Each value delivers dynamic energy independently, yet, at the same time, it offsets the power rising from other values to bring calm, or peaceful, state. Such characteristics deliver the meaning behind the title, Usquam Nusquam, and represent Je’s attitude that the power of visual arts can be understood as everything but as nothing at the same time.

Moreover, Je thinks colors are highly similar to time since they are layered one upon another. As a result, every color is connected to each other, and it is natural that certain colors follow after others. Although dark blue and black hues are contrary to bright red and pink colors theoretically, they are not different at all according to the artist. As delight follows anger, Je is filled with bright energy and emotion after fully throwing herself into breath and movements rising from dark colors.

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 Yeoran Je - Usquam Nusquam

Usquam Nusquam

 Yeoran Je - Usquam Nusquam

Usquam Nusquam

 Yeoran Je - Usquam Nusquam

Usquam Nusquam