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Jayoung Yoon

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My work deals with the perception of being “present”. By developing our ability to focus our attention away from “thinking,” and direct it into the body instead (non-dualistic experience), we become fully conscious of being and are in the moment. So, I am interested in creating an experience that invites people to access their senses, and practice an awareness of everyday life. While the viewers are engaged with my work, they 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, water and paper. 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 of direct attention to the body. Watching the subtle movements of the hair-thread sculptures for example, allows the viewer to heighten their awareness, dis-identifying from their mind momentarily. I invite viewers to feel their inner body through the image of my body.

The performances are meditative practices for deepening the awareness of the moment and cleansing the accumulated sediment of memories from the past. They often combine the elements of drawing, hair sculpture, installation and video. I cut my hair off as a gesture of purity. It represents disconnecting from my thoughts, notions, cultural background and abandoning my ego. The performances are comprised of long-term actions (sometimes from sunrise to sunset), involving endurance, and silence.

These interdisciplinary approaches all derive their presence from the “Heightened Awareness”. When the viewers explore my works, they metaphorically can feel the ‘Now,’ physically and emotionally. They can see the mind, and transform time into an awareness of the present. This is a key to entering into the true self; a threshold of ‘Being.’


Jayoung Yoon
12508
Beacon,NY
New York
New York
North America


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