Remembering the warm and cosy sunlight from the traditional house of her childhood, Young Hie Nam works with traditional Korean Mulberry paper, Hanji, exploring the possibilities of the paper in a plethora of ways. “When I was young, I used to live in a traditional Korean house where traditional paper was plastered on the walls. It was only natural that I chose to work with traditional paper as an artist. I can fold, cut or toy with traditional paper. It unleashes unlimited possibilities for me to express my artistic world.” In her works black ink and yellow soil are aesthetically smudged across the traditional paper, featuring slightly differing hues on each layer.Nam has repeats the same dying process countless times while working on her paintings based on everyday life.The entire process of painting, from folding and unfolding of traditional paper, along with dying and coloring it, is important and meaningful to Nam. “I wanted to put myself in the shoes of a mother and a grandmother. I am satisfied that I expressed my emotions in the forms of planes and colors in an abstract manner.I believe that continuing my work is a way to a successful life because painting is my life."
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea
Sabae Contemporary Art Center, Takehu, Japen
Museum Rade am Schloss Reinbeck, Germany
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
MANIF23!Seoul International Art Fair
COMPARAISONS, Paris, France
Kim Whan ki International Art festival, Exhibition of Kim Whanki Art Center anjwa-do
White Sensation, Museum, SAN. WonJu, Korea
Contemporary Arts Roots Exhibition, Hangaram Museum, Korea
”Harmony, The Beautiful Encounter” Exhibition, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Korean Women Artists “Space for Lyricism”, Seongnam Art Center, Korea
“Material and Manifestation” Invitation Exhibition, Fukui Meseum, Japan
“Paper-Life 2005 DK”, Silkeborg Paper Museum, Denmark
“Luftrum” Korean Paper Artists, Okero Cultural Center, Sweden
“Inheritance of Papers” 3 Women, Korea Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany
“Paper Art Korea·Japan”, Vasby Museum, Infra Gallery, Sweden
Contemporary Art fair, Info Art Center, Korea
Print Academy Exhibition, National Museum of Comtemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Museum Rade, Reinbek, Germany. Sangmyung University Museum, Seoul, Korea.
Chosun Refractories, Seoul, Korea. Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do Korea.
Starry Night, 2017, Hanji paper, 64 x 51.25 inches
A Trip to an Island, 2015, Hanji paper, 63.5 x 51.25 inches