Elizabeth Jung

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Elizabeth Jung is a visual artist lives and works in Chicago. Elizabeth received BFA and MFA from École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges in France, and she was commissioned to make murals in Public buildings in France and was a part of several group exhibitions and a curatorial project in places such as the Palais Jacques-Cœur and the Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roc. Before moving to France, Elizabeth briefly studied painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also showed her paintings at Betty Rymer Gallery, Merchandise Mart, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, and the Supreme Court of Georgia, …etc. Her recent works were shown at Galex 52, the Chicago Public Library and the Studios Midwest Artist Residency Exhibition.

Statement

Having lived in many different places throughout Korea, the United States and France, my temporary homes and their interior spaces became a fascinating subject for my art, which is about constructing imaginary spaces using colors, geometry, and architectural elements. 

My process of painting repeats construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction, which often results in trompe l’oeil and exaggerated perspectives. Each space is constructed with layers of both personal spatial memories and imagination. There is no inhabitant in my art because I want to concentrate on the characteristics of the spaces and on the composition of architectural elements. Guessing who the inhabitants might be for each space is not important to my work because the spaces themselves are the protagonists. Instead, I want to invite the viewers to find themselves experiencing tension, disorientation and confusion by the layers and mazes of the pictorial spaces and their structures.