Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Young grew up loving art, spending hours on end drawing, painting, and making and sewing her own dolls and clothes. After receiving a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Studio/Visual Arts focusing on oil painting, she proceeded to studying law and graduating with a J.D. However, it was only a matter of time that she returned to her love of art and design, eventually receiving her degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. After a stint in a career as a fashion designer in NYC and Chicago, Young spent several years making and selling handmade, hand painted, and silk screened clothing and accessory line through her own label.
In her body of work, melding her past experiences and passion together, Young combines elements from art, design, and craft. The distorted and abstracted geometric shapes and layered and uneven textures in her paintings encompass such idea. Stylistically, applying paper as her main medium and adopting simple geometric shapes as her main form of expression – empirically giving the impression of respite and airiness – Young’s studio practice strives to achieve neo-minimalist aesthetics. She appreciates the balance between unornamented austerity in the physical form with complex and nuanced nature of the craftsmanship involving layering, molding and sanding paper by hands. Young resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works as a full-time painter.
I make abstract paintings with paper. Aesthetically, I am inspired to create paintings with minimalist undertone, so I use simple lines and geometric shapes with controlled composition in order to convey a sense of space and stillness while evoking a sense of emotion through rich and intricate textures created by layers of paper. I begin by ripping paper, wet them, apply them in several layers on a canvas, and let them dry only to sand them down, rip them apart, and peel the layers repeatedly. Once a piece is complete, it is left with a misty, hazy, and complicatedly textured surface laden with fiber debris from paper. Overall, my paintings have an archeological quality as viewers can empirically sense different levels and layers of paper that have been intentionally built and destroyed. As a result, there are complexities reminiscent of human emotions and complex natures of our lives and who we are at our core. This process of art making involves a high level of craftsmanship, as it is very labor intensive, tactile, and hands on experience. Hence, I think of my work as something that blurs and crosses lines between art, design and craft. My background is in fashion design, and making clothes and products by hands have inspired me to delve into the field of fine art in this particular manner, encompassing and amalgamating elements from various creative fields. Lastly, my intention as an artist is to provide viewers with a sense of composure; at the same time, to sense the very messiness and convolutedness that exist right underneath the top layer.