What I regard as the most important thing in my artwork and practice is bringing life and intimacy to the viewer.
To me, life is so vague. I have had lots of ambiguous questions every
moment in my life, and I try to respond to this ambiguity in my artwork.
I am interested in works that contain an artist's real
life story. To me, the
truth shown in emotion is more important than the truth shown in reality.
My artistic practice began with photographs. I was fascinated with the power
of photographs — recording everything with light and the accumulation of
But, I felt there were limitations to expressing my thoughts, emotions and ideas as typical “photographs".
In my recent work, I use a Polaroid
camera. After I take a picture, I cut text into the surface of the Polaroid.
Most of the pictures I take look ambiguous and vague because of intentional
overexposure; however, marks cut from the photographs look paradoxically
strong and painful.
Also, I try to express abstraction in my work. Before fixing the image
on the surface of Polaroid, during the developing process, I usually alter
the surface: bending, shaking or scratching a knife against the surface,
so the emulsion under the surface spreads. I focus more on my
actions during developing rather than the results of the image. My abstraction coexists with the real images I took
as a photographer.
I prefer artwork that makes the viewer feel a sense
of intimacy.To me, true understanding between a viewer and
an artist comes when a viewer's sympathy is aroused. By combining text with images and abstractions, I am trying to create new energy that will help me get close to a viewer. Simple language becomes artwork when
put together with images.
— Mimi Youn
FeatureBeyond PhotographsKorean artist Mimi Youn is pushing the Polaroid medium (literally) to find a new way of expression.View Images
Korean artist Mimi Youn is pushing the Polaroid medium (literally) to find a new way of expression.View Images
Korean artist Mimi Youn is pushing the Polaroid medium (literally) to find a new way of expression.
Ability to love © Mimi Youn
Accidental London © Mimi Youn
Bitter Seoul © Mimi Youn
Dazzling © Mimi Youn
Dazzling 1 © Mimi Youn
Dear, Dear, My dear © Mimi Youn
Find me, seek me, meet me © Mimi Youn
Floating © Mimi Youn
Fragile © Mimi Youn
Miss meme © Mimi Youn
Seek and Seek © Mimi Youn
Sometimes I want to be a totally different existence © Mimi Youn
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