Yun Ju Hong

#Clouds #Gray #Anonymous #Neutral #Universal

Fields or Genres : Visual arts / Illustration

Location/Platform : Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul, Korea / Instagram

Q. Tell Me about Yourself

Yun Ju Hong is a visual artist who strives to live in solidarity with others as a neutral, universal, anonymous being in this era of abundant information, knowledge, and images. Her painting works focus on the shapes of clouds and the phenomena they create. Their changing shapes and phenomena are a playground of her own where she plays and thinks. They are also the moment when she interacts with others. Under the theme of “the moment when the cloud becomes a dialogue,” she continues to produce creative works through visual arts as a way to communicate with others.

Q. What Is Your Driving Force or Inspiration of Your Practice?

The shapes of clouds and the phenomena they create. Anonymous gray. And, the creative process of rearranging and reconstructing images in the spaces produced from the aforementioned objects. These are the force that generates the meanings of my thinking.

Q. What is a Teaching Artist?
Describe the Teaching Artist You Would Like to Become in Ten Years.

A teaching artist is an educator who practices arts education as a process by producing meanings through solidarity with others. I want to be an artist and a teaching artist who explores arts that allows everyone to practice and experience the true meaning of humanity and arts that renders a holistic life to us.

Q. What is the Metaphor, the Right Word, for your Practice?
And Why?

“Anonymous gray.” Living in the era of flamboyant, showy images, it may be tempted to live as a special, privileged artist who shows off noticeable and appealing colors. However, I want to be an artist working in the tones of gray. Through the sense of anonymity the color gray suggests, I hope to form solidarity with people of special colors and live with them harmoniously.

Q. What Do Colleagues Mean to You?

Colleagues are people I am grateful to. No matter what genres or fields, arts is impossible to be actualized without having gratitude toward one’s colleagues. This gratitude can lead to the creation of new forms of arts and arts education which connect us through the trust to one another, and, thus, represent what humanity stands for.