LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
My preferred media are installation, painting, sculpture, writing, video, and photography. Doubting and questioning the existence of humans is at the root of my practice.
My practice explores the irony of human existence. I am interested in the notion that we have no memory of choosing to be born and, simultaneously, live with only one certainty of death. This investigation began in 2016 initially stemming from self-exploration regarding my own existential anxiety. My current project looks at human existence with the knowledge of death. Looking at the preciousness of life and the imminence of our demise and how this affects the way we live. If we did not have the confines of time, everything would become meaningless. Because of death, humans realise the importance of the moment. That makes humanity.
However, is this life meaningful if you die anyway and become ‘nothing’? Can fragile humans that exist only for a limited time become notable? How should little humans - who are like little dust in this endless, vast universe - accept our little deaths?
The inescapable inevitability of death informs my work and is a reality I often find myself fixated on.
There are two egos in me. One says: “What’s the point in working hard if I am destined to become nothing? Everything I do is meaningless.” Meanwhile the other replies: “No matter how small and insignificant we are, I am still the main character in my life. So I should try my best.” There are moments where I fluctuate between these two egos and others where I avoid both mindsets to distance myself from the certain cynicism that is bound to follow.
Why am I here? What is my purpose? What am I? Our existence within time and space and lack thereof.
In my work, natural phenomena (birth, death, time) are referenced using artificial elements (robots, glass, concrete, metal). Spending lots of time, effort, and money to create something expressing ‘nothing’. There is an irony to the way the process completely contradicts the point. I find this the most interesting part of my practice.
WHO I AM
JungEun Yang(b. 1995) is a multidisciplinary artist from South Korea currently based in London.
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