The strange world of Min Jung-Yeon.
“The limit between reality and fiction is pointless because it is totally feasible to fully live within an unreal world.”
This is how South Korean artist Min Jung-Yeo conceives and represents the world she lives in.
Born in 1979, in South Korea, from a calligrapher mother and a stone collector father, the gifted artist graduated from the university of Hong Ick in Seoul in 2003. She then enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. She has worked and lived there ever since.
Her trademark: Paintings and ink drawings resembling oneiric and organic jungles, sometimes livened up with a human or animal form. The result: an exploration of a mysterious and fantastical world, with a use of perspective as a technique to produce a sense of comfort and familiarity.
What drives her work is her fascination to reconcile rational and irrational.
In her own words “ The irrational element can occur under the shape of an energy all around us; it can be invisible yet it still exists. If something is non existent I give it life in my imagination, work on it in terms of perspectives and it becomes something rational.”
This master of composition admits to be influenced by Hieronymous Bosh, a fifteenth century Dutch painter famous for his fantasy apocalyptic representations.
The viewer is often very much tempted to affiliate her work with surrealism, but it is an influence that she denies, although she admits, “Bosch… put so much imagination in his works, it became a kind of pre-Surrealism.”
In 2012, Min Jung-Yeon was awarded the Prize of the Partners of the Saint-Etienne Métropole Museum of Modern Art.