Soonran Youn

 
A Daydream, copper wire, polyethylene sheet, metallic paint, 23.5 x 43 x 11inA Daydream (detail), copper wire, polyethylene sheet, metallic paint, 23.5 x 43 x 11inA Daydream (detail), copper wire, polyethylene sheet, metallic paint, 23.5 x 43 x 11inA Daydream (detail), copper wire, polyethylene sheet, metallic paint, 23.5 x 43 x 11in
Island #14 (installation), cotton, 48 x 8 x 10.5inIsland #14, cotton, 48 x 8 x 10.5inSelf Container #9, hemp, metallic leaf paint, stainless steel wire, 29 x 9 x 8.5inSelf Container #6, hemp, metallic leaf paint, stainless steel wire, 41.5 x 9 x 10in
Wind #11, crocheted wire and linen, 21.5 x 17 x 13.5 in

South Korean Artist Soonran Youn was the 2002 recipient of The Brandford/Elliott Award
for Excellence in Fiber Art.

ARTIST STATEMENT
The title 'Island' implies the human body as isolated self-containment. I see a human as being an isle locked in and eventually swallowed by the mysterious ocean, It captures me with enchanting terror to face the cold apathy and grotesqueness of this world ruled by illogically accidental happenings. As being a particle in the infinity, it seems unbearably painful and even empty to think of the human desire to be oneself, that is, to be an individual divided from others. One can protect self from hiding in an isolated cell as a neutral zone. It means placing a distance in between self and the world, and becoming happy in egoistic shelter. If one sets self up in the world and searches for the truth of being, s/he cannot avoid but falling in a magnetic swirl. That causes tremendous pain , confusion, and fear. In fact, persuading the ideal or absoluteness requires complete departing form oneself and all humanistic realism. In ultimate view, life is tragic.

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