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Jayoung Yoon

Though the Christian church my Korean mother grew up in discouraged the exploration of other religions, she found meaning as a young woman in the intersections between Christianity and Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shamanism. 

She studied to be a Christian missionary, but ultimately became a therapist and a teacher of Pungmul, a Korean shamanistic ritual music and Salpuri, a healing dance. 

I grew up watching her dance, understanding instinctively that the bodily practice of ritual might heal the failures of language and logic. 

"My art draws upon diverse spiritual texts and practices and seeks to heal the rifts between eastern and western religion through bodily transcendence."

In my videos, I perform ritualistic meditation ceremonies. My head is shaved and I meditate with my back to the camera, embodying the detachment from gender, culture, time, thought, and ego inherent in meditation. 

The immersive quality of film in conjunction with my “every man” appearance invites viewers to inhabit my body, vicariously experiencing the ritual and the transformation it engenders.

Jayoung Yoon is a New York-based artist born in Korea. She is a multidisciplinary artist. She has combined hair sculptures, performance, video and photography to create an environment and atmosphere that conveys her concepts of timelessness and perception of being present. 

She has exhibited in solo exhibitions at venues including Here Art Center, New York, 2013; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Delaware, 2011; KEPCO Plaza gallery, Korea, 2011; Museum of New Art, Michigan, 2009; ABBA Fine Art, Miami, 2009. Group exhibitions include Tibet House, NY; Jersey City Museum, New Jersey; SCOPE Miami; Arario Gallery, New York and Coreana Museum of Art, Korea. She has performed in multiple venues in New York including at Socrates Sculpture Park; Tenri Cultural Institute of Art, and the Center for Performance Research. 
She was awarded the Franklin Furnace Grant Fund, 2010. She has attended many Artist Residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing space, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and others in Utah and Florida in the USA and international residencies in Argentina and Iceland. 

Her art has been featured or reviewed in Infinite Instances: Studies and images of Time, NY Art Magazine, The Village Voice, ARTVAS Magazine, Fiber Art Magazine and The Korea Times. She received her M.F.A. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, 2009 and her B.F.A. from Hongik University in Korea, 2004. 


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