Tuesday, 16 November 2010

healing life's wounds

Bloodshot, 2008
Roman philosopher and stateman Cicero (106-43 B.C.) said 
“The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter” 
and this quotation actually got me while staring at 
Kwon Kyung-yup's paintings and portraits.

upper: Bleached memory, 2009 - lower: Solitude, 2010
Kwon Kyung-yup is a gifted young lady painter, fine arts graduated 
from Sejong University of Seoul, South Korea, whose works 
show young girl faces with snow-white complexion, immature 
sexual identity, shy and having a strong wish of self protection 
as if not wanting to reveal their true heart and emotions.

upper: Black nails - lower: Lost, both 2009
Most of her impressively realistic portraits show bandages 
covering the head or parts of the melancholic and almost 
asexual girls faces making the onlooker feel a bit unsettling 
yet moved to compassion while expressing the 
shock they've been struggling with.

Oblivion, 2008
Frozen tears, 2008
She depicts their own sense of trauma by shedding tears, vacant 
glances, bloodshot eyes with gauze and swabs dressing 
but in her works anyway bandages have a different meaning, 
they suggest to be consoling, to take care and protect them 
hiding not only the body's wounds yet the injuries stored 
as a memory of the body, the ontological and spiritual ones.
As if to say that we may forget hurts but the body never does.

Charon, 2010
Quite the opposite of monumental, strongly pigmented flesh 
and blood paintings by Jenny Saville's who is more focused 
on the process of body marking and corrosion in a surgical matter.
The girls' tears are crystalized to heal their sense of trauma 
as well to purify body and memory wounds and in this very 
manner the artist faces her own trauma encountering 
the archetype of her forgotten wounds.

Kwon with her latest works, 2010
“...silence is a virtue, use it for your own protection
They'll try to make you play their game, refuse to show your face
If you don't want to be beaten down, refuse to join their race
Be exactly who you want to be, do what you want to do
I am he and she is she but you're the only you”.
The Crass, Big A, little A, 1980

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