Hiejin Yoo

February 2, 2021
Tell us about your practice.
My work is based on daily observations that I record first in diary form and then translate into large, semi-figurative oil paintings on canvas. Mundane events and everyday moments are depicted with large abstracted planes of colors and bold, layered marks that evoke the subjectivity of my inner life. These instances and memories are cropped and arranged to focus on specific reflections that have been strongly etched into my consciousness. 
These moments are recorded and re-lived through painting, the result of which are works that reflect my personal history, and act as intimate journals and meditations on self-discovery.
Transparent hands are a recurring theme in your work. Can you explain the significance of this and what led you to use it?
I started that ghost-like line of limbs longing for my boyfriend who lived in Chicago. I spent some time with him in Chicago, came back to my studio in LA, and made paintings of our memories. We were in a long-distance relationship for over 4 years, and I wanted to express that when your special person is not next to you right now, you remember and miss how he touches your body or your gestures towards each other.
What’s next for you?
I am currently working on new paintings for a group show in Berlin and FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain in Grand Palais, Paris) with Half Gallery, both in March.

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