Jayoung Yoon did not build a time machine at 109 Ingraham Street in studio #315. Instead, her work makes you “slow down, pause and wait, and then move into a higher consciousness.” You become fully aware of being in the here and now, the present.
She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, literally traveled all over the world, and came to the states in 2006. After receiving her masters at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, she moved to New York with a friend and found a studio to share in Bushwick. At the time, she had no idea that this area was bursting with artistic creativity. That was two and a half years ago. Of course today, she is very grateful and feels fortunate for choosing the right place.
Jayoung’s art work is delicate, peaceful, and meditative. She is currently working on wearable objects and installations made of human hair.
“Hair is one of the materials and images beings used to explore issues of representation, thought and mind. In respect to its material quality, hair has an ethereal presence and vulnerability, and it represents the visceral qualities of the body.”
What inspires her? Books, Dancing, and Traveling
“I mostly read books about spirituality. The experiences and lessons that I obtain from my readings inspire me and help me to find direction in my own life. “ Her favorite books are The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle and Zero Limits by Joe Vitale.
Another inspiration is dance. Jayoung is currently learning Butoh, a Japanese contemporary dance created by Tatsumi Hijikata. She also regularly practices 5Rhythms, which is a dance and movement mediation created by Gabrielle Roth. The theory is to put the body in motion to still the mind. You can definitely see a relationship with this and her work.
And as I mentioned before, Jayoung has literally traveled all over the world.
“I love traveling because it helps me to question who I am and where I am from. I am not only conscious of my heritage and nationality but also conscious of self-awareness. The moment I saw the rising sun as I crossed the desert in Egypt, the thousands of stars on the horizon in Jaisalmer, India, the moment that time seemed to slow down and I was able to see the individual drops of water in the middle of the Iguazu falls in Argentina, the completely white salt space at the Great Lake of Uyuni, Bolivia, the large darkness of the sea on the seashore at Hawaii, the quietness that surrounded me as I was hang gliding in the sky in Switzerland – these were all awe-inspiring moments. Whenever I confronted these kind of moments, I felt alone and complete. The question of ‘who am I?’ became meaningless because I was who I was in the present moment. At those moments, I didn’t consider the past or the future. There was completion, happiness and perfection.”
Jayoung has participated in Bushwick Open Studios for the past two years. She has met several artists working with different disciplines and made lasting friendships.
What advice does she give to newbies? “Be here with open minds and creative spirits and the willingness of each other,” and of course, “enjoy BOS festival!”