Joung Young-Ju | High Hills Village | 2020 | Acrylic on Korean paper mounted on canvas | 80.5 x 116.5 cm (31.5 x 46 in)
Born in 1970, Young-Ju spent her youth drawing the buildings in her village before leaving South Korea to study Fine Art in Paris. After graduating, she returned home where she climbed Nam Mountain and saw the downtown of Seoul, lit at dusk. While her paintings are rooted in such experiences, they are also symbolic of Korean society. The city or the hill village reflect poverty and affluence. The artful illumination of these spaces imbues the painted narrow streets, reclining walls and aged rooftops with authenticity; these spaces feel inherently lived-in.