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In my past artwork, I closely observed the natural world, objects, people and places, and also explored my own reactions to the subject matter. I enjoyed exploring many different styles and techniques. I was always interested in change; this change includes myself. The powerful influence of constant change gives rise to what is new and different. I employed techniques of traditional perspective and composition. I also transformed the original subject in order to present a new way of seeing - my own perspective that combines external reality with internal interpretation.
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Cercle de Mémoire HOPE series
In Korean, my name Yuni (=Yun 둥글+뭉칠윤,륜) means circular, round, and unity. I absolutely love my name and the significance that it holds for me as a woman and an artist. Since I was a little girl, I’ve collected anything with a circular shape; round edges always comfort me. The shape of the circle connects to my heart. During my recent travels, the organic rounded shapes of old European roads, buildings, walls, and bridges ignited my artistic soul. Inspiration came flooding over me and I saw myself, Yuni, connected to the circles: the ancient stones, sun, earth, and moon. My female identity, personal history and world history felt united in a flash of recognition and deep insight. Positive emotion flows through my “Memories of Circle” series. Metallic colours are significant because they infuse me with strength and represent my identity. Texture and the layers of bright colours are my happy memories shining through. Each stone represents a positive connection These memories convey a peaceful energy, and give me power to overcome hardship. My spirit of gratitude emerges through harmonious circular strokes. Bright continuous lines represent heartfelt connections and balance. Peace in my relationships is very important to my spirit. I find it intriguing that an artist’s emotions can be communicated to the heart of a viewer, and that is my intention.
Feel alive and embrace it all as you FLOW through life's mysterious journey 2005 ~
The Flow represents the transitional movement of feelings and experiences throughout my life: joy, love, sorrow, courage, fear, pain, accidents, diseases, death, friendships, family, faith and hope. Life is always in a state of flux. I have learned to take each day as it flows. We cannot stop or control this movement; we recognize and adapt as we live it. All of us face challenges with weakness of our mind, body and spirit. If we are fortunate, new opportunities arise to liberate us. We begin again. This is the gift of life - to recognize that it flows.
Contrasting shades and textures characterize The Flow paintings. Dark shades symbolize the struggles of life and the light shades contain a sense of hope - the potential path to a more positive future. Metallic colors represent my identity. My father spent over 30 years in the metal business. His research lab inspired me to use metallic colors, and they symbolize a positive energy that flows through me. I find it intriguing that an artist’s emotions can be personalized through the heart of each viewer. This is my intention with The Flow.
Y U N I K O
HOPE I HOPE II HOPE III 2015 ~
At the heart of my work is the recognition that emotions flow and life itself is in a constant state of flux. I painted Hope I and Hope II in response to the news story of a 3-year-old boy named Aylan Kurdi, who died during a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to escape war-torn Syria. For me, he represents all children around the world who must endure war and harsh environments. The paintings express my emotional journey through deep sadness, guilt, questioning, empathy, and ultimately, to a sense of hope. I care about the children who suffer and I believe that our caring unites us in our humanity. All children deserve to be happy and healthy and there is hope for this future.