RAG FACE: YOON JI SEON AT DAM GALLERY – SEUL
*Featured photo: Rag face #2208-1 2022 Sewing on Fabric and Photograph w52 x h74cm
Written by Gallery DAM
In anticipation of spring, Gallery DAM (Seoul, South Korea) has organized Yoon Ji Seon’s solo exhibition <Rag face>, in March 1-13, 2022.
Artist Yoon Ji Seon who is recognized for her work in foreign countries rather than in Korea, takes pictures of herself and constantly sews on top of it. The sewing stops only when the needle cannot enter. Yoon’s work has no front and back. You can hang in the air, enjoy looking at both sides. You can also put it on the wall with your preferred side.
She is the direct granddaughter of Gongje, Yoon Du-seo (Korean scholar and painter, 1668-1715). One of her early works, she plucked and planted her pubic hair on her granfather’s portrait, instead of his beard. Other than that, she has many unique series of artworks. If you are interested, please visit her website (www.yoonjiseon.com). She is now working on her face and filling it with the thread by a rusty industrial sewing machine. Her face is not a face trying to look pretty. Sometimes the thread makes her mouth disappear, and yet you could feel comedy or sadness and pain from the faces.
When taking a picture of herself, she takes a funny or distorted face, not a smiling face, such a bizarre face that is not normally revealed in a real life. Various emotions are being expressed while taking her self-portraits. The artist doesn’t want the audience to limit their imagination with her works. She wants people to see what they feel.
Yoon’s work begins with photography and ends with stitching; therefore, she’s been awarded the ILWOO Photography Award and won major prizes at many textile and contemporary exhibitions abroad. About 10 new artworks will be on display in this exhibition. Yoon majored in painting at Hannam University, Daejeon and this upcoming exhibition is her fifteenth solo exhibition. She currently lives and works in Daejeon, South Korea. The exhibition opens on March 1st, and ends on March 13th, 2022. Gallery DAM is located in Jongno, Seoul, South Korea.