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Student Showcase Archive

Jaeyeon Yoo

MA work

MA work

  • Plan for the room of 'Magic Window'

    Plan for the room of 'Magic Window', Jaeyeon Yoo 2014
    Digital print
    variable size

  • Magic Window - Plane scene

    Magic Window - Plane scene, Jaeyeon Yoo 2014
    Oil on canvas / Single channel video
    variable size

  • Magic Window - Bird scene

    Magic Window - Bird scene, Jaeyeon Yoo 2014
    Oil on canvas / Single Channel video
    variable size

Magic Window

The main concept behind this project is how people perceive the outside world in their every-day life, through physical and psychological windows. Historically, painting has often been thought of as being in some way analogous to a magic window. I am combining the idea of 'child and outside world' - as an idea that I have been using in my main practice - with the concept of painting as a window. 



  • Profile
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2014

  • I am interested in discovering ideas based on childhood memories, personal fantasy, and everyday life, which represent the organisational contradictions of society and home. In other words, I articulate the fragmentations between subtle memories of tender age and the reality of today as a visual language. By making these scenes of tragic-comedy irony from everyday life, I became a person who enjoys playing around with the gap between the imaginary world and symbolic world. Somehow, I am obsessed with nostalgic childhood memories, and the uncomplicated sense of naivety of children. 

    I believe that the authenticity of a human being is found in personal fantasy derived from an ontological anxiety rather than the functional status that they have within a symbolic structure in a metaphysical society. As a resistant gesture for the inauthentic world, I am trying to suggest an alternative reality through my art practice which can be the 'transitional object' for viewers. My practice is based on intellectual objects such as the matrix, the nature of being, detachment, escapism, and fragmentation of subject.

    These days, I am playing around with several different materials; not only painting, but also performative sculpture and video installation. By the scenographic combination of different senses of various mediums, I want to suggest people to observe their own childhood scenario, and reveal their own anxiety about this precarious life. There are many fragmented, complex states between inauthenticity and authenticity, childhood and present life, society and individual, personal fantasy and the reality of the physical world. I am trying to connect the gaps between each fragment, and pour  out my isolated feelings which have been born from a desire to question the blurred relationship between fear and anxiety.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Painting, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2011
  • Experience

  • Project member, PLAY_LAND by Apolonija Sustersicič, Emscher Kunst, Germany, 2013; Teaching artist, Hello Museum, Seoul, 2011-12; Project member, 'herstrory museum’, Media City Seoul Review, Art seon-jae Gyeongju, 2011; Co-ordinator, EMAP 'TECHNE-SCAPE', Seoul, 2011; Teaching assistant, Art in London Summer Programme, Ewha Womens University, London, 2011; Project member, ‘herstrory museum (by Cho, Duck Hyun)’, Seoul Media Biennale, Seoul, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Jaeyeon Yoo Solo Show, Art Cabin, London, 2014; PNTG NOV, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2013 ; New Fantasia, SADI Window Gallery, Seoul, 2012; F, Term Gallery, Seoul 2011
  • Conferences

  • Artist talk, University of the Creative Arts, 2014