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As a teenager, I spent more time looking in the mirror to stick a double eyelid tape to my eyes, than reading books in class. I was the only one in my family who was very sensitive to visual things and the beauty. Envying my beautiful-looking friends around me, I used to belittle myself, thinking I had an un-pretty face, a flat nose and head, and a small eyes and eyelids. I was obsessed with beauty, and it was a great comfort for me, such a visually sensitive girl, to draw something beautiful. The Yeo-ja[woman] series is a process of insight into my desire toward beauty and vanity. I create mixed media art pieces inspired by portraits of traditional Korean beauty. In ancient Joseon, ‘Gache’ was used as an added embellishment on the hairs of women that signified the predilection of beauty. The value of it was far exceeding than the exchange of all of one’s wealth. Pursuing beauty beyond all consequences, mankind’s endless desire may look different throughout ages, but the underlying premise is the same. I reflect my desire to the hair, the Gache, expressing it more colorful and exaggerated, and the hair part takes me to a more imaginary world.
As a teenager, I spent more time looking in the mirror to stick a double eyelid tape to my eyes, than reading books in class. I was the only one in my family who was very sensitive to visual things and the beauty. Envying my beautiful-looking friends around me, I used to belittle myself, thinking I had an un-pretty face, a flat nose and head, and a small eyes and eyelids. I was obsessed with beauty, and it was a great comfort for me, such a visually sensitive girl, to draw something beautiful. The Yeo-ja[woman] series is a process of insight into my desire toward beauty and vanity. I create mixed media art pieces inspired by portraits of traditional Korean beauty. In ancient Joseon, ‘Gache’ was used as an added embellishment on the hairs of women that signified the predilection of beauty. The value of it was far exceeding than the exchange of all of one’s wealth. Pursuing beauty beyond all consequences, mankind’s endless desire may look different throughout ages, but the underlying premise is the same. I reflect my desire to the hair, the Gache, expressing it more colorful and exaggerated, and the hair part takes me to a more imaginary world.
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Yeo-ja[woman] 8 Painting

Hyunsook Byun

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 32 W x 48 H x 1.5 D in

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During my teenage years, I devoted more time to applying double eyelid tape and scrutinizing my appearance in the mirror than to focusing on academic studies. I stood out within my family for my heightened sensitivity to visual aesthetics and beauty. Envious of the seemingly flawless appearance of my peers, I often harbored feelings of inadequacy, perceiving myself as lacking in physical attractiveness with a flat nose, small eyes, and eyelids. My fixation on beauty became a coping mechanism, offering solace to my visually perceptive nature through the act of creating aesthetically pleasing artwork. The "Yeo-ja [woman]" series represents an introspective journey into my yearning for beauty and vanity. Inspired by traditional Korean ideals of beauty, particularly the adornment known as "Gache" worn by women during the Joseon era, I explore the profound cultural significance placed on physical appearance. This ornament symbolized the pursuit of beauty above all else, transcending material wealth in value. Across different time periods, humanity's unyielding desire for beauty remains unchanged, albeit manifesting in varying forms. In my artwork, I reinterpret this desire through vibrant and exaggerated depictions of hair and Gache, transporting viewers into an imaginative realm. Through colorful mixed-media pieces, I channel my longing for beauty, using the hair as a metaphorical conduit to convey the intricacies of human desire and the allure of aesthetic perfection.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:32 W x 48 H x 1.5 D in

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I am a Texas-based painting and mixed-media artist. My work is influenced by a career in art therapist and an abiding interest in human behavior and psychology by observing the daily lives of myself and others. While my subjects are varied, my common focus is on the process of finding fundamental questions and answers that we are too afraid to even ask ourselves. Through the art work process of developing new ideas, concepts, or solutions, I can survive in this beautiful and evil world and have better understand about it.

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