Paintings of Daily Life by Hiejin Yoo
Los Angeles-based Hiejin Yoo’s (b. 1987) work will be exhibited at Half Gallery, NY; Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, FL and she has exhibited at ltd Los Angeles, CA; Smart Objects, CA and Nicodim Gallery, CA. Her work is recently included in Hort Family Collection in New York.Yoo earned an M.F.A. at University of California Los Angeles (2018) and a B.A from Seoul Women’s University, and a Post Baccalaureate/B.F.A from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
My paintings are an intimate journal and meditations on self-discovery. They grow from journal entries and the world around me. I keep a brief diary of daily life, and it is the everyday, mundane things that inspire me most. Each painting contains things that remind me of my personal experience and has a story that I want to tell, so I zoom in to the focal point and crop the parts that I don’t need. The traces of my memories show that I have enjoyed a remarkable life. I strive to make each of my paintings a reflection of my perception of the moment. Since these ordinary moments have been so strongly etched on my consciousness, each moment of my life becomes an event and a personal history as soon as I express my daily life as a painting. The memories are telling me something about what I remember in my life when I work and interact with them.