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HIDDEN INNER WORLDS COME TO LIGHT

The life-size sculptures by artist Yu Jinyoung (Korea 1977) are both lovable and disturbing, their transparent body parts, flowery patterns and cartoon-like features hide a darker side that becomes visible upon closer inspection.

We keep on living as we continuously meet many people and be apart, remember and be forgotten. In this kind of life, we disguise ourselves and live a hypocritical life to distinguish one's existence and to be recognized from the other. An instinct to find a free and true self, escaping from this yoke can never be concealed. However, the people have to make exaggerated gestures and stiff expressionless faces, and they live with contrary faces as they adapt themselves to this fast modern society. For each moment of being confused and controlled as we live with these numbers of people, we feel an impulse to identify a true face of oneself. 'What is the true face of me?'




Yu Jinyoung portrays truth and illusions of a family with a house, the hideaway of these people, as a background. The artist's previous work expresses a portrait of humans trapped in a society, and she has moved the meeting of her work into a fence called home. Through the everyday lives of a family in a limited space called home, the inner world of family is closely examined. They refuse to expose themselves to the outside world by hiding; they don't want to show their pretentious look as a friendly family. How the alienated family disguises themselves as friendly ones is portrayed through an uncomfortable meeting with guests who attend to family events like big holidays. The children, who came to terms with reputations and bluffs of adults from guest's visitation, automatically adapt themselves to hold down their emotions. The emotion spreads as far as to a dog…

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