There is complexity in a simple life. The simple way of drawing the line is the process in my work. My drawings are made by affixing strands of my own hair to paper in tightly arranged its compositions.
For me, it was natural to begin using the hair which had belonged to me and once it falls off it becomes a different substance itself. By using my own hair in my work I realize that I try to make a connection between the past and the future. My hair was the section of my body that was the perfect example of the circle of nature which has a sense of history and relationships.
I am interested in everyday contemporary life. Learning about new definitions of what life means today for me is part of the process of my artwork. The images that I make represent my way of understanding and translating those thought processes.
The relationships between promise and understanding, affinity and resistance, and between harmony and chaos are constantly changing. The art making process is like a never-ending story in which the work produced reflects the artist’s life at that time. As I am always pondering, it is like a chain where the questions and answers continually create more questions and answers.
Artist Bio / CV
Youngmi Organ was born in Korea and studied traditional oriental painting since she was 15. She received her BFA at Chunnam University in Kwangju, Korea. In 1996, she came to United States for her studies. In 2002 she received her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has had solo exhibitions at Montage Gallery in Baltimore between 1999 and 2001, at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore in 2002, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in 2005, and the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She has also shown her work in numerous group shows, including The New Work at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington DC, 2009, Salvage, two person show at the Gallery Imperato in Baltimore, 2009, The Trawick Prize finalist show at the Heineman Myers Contemporary Art in Bethesda MD, 2008, Between the Lines at the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, 2007, Drawing at George Mason University, 2007, Summer Suite at Gallery Imperato in Baltimore, 2005, Select: WPA/Corcoran 2003 Art Auction, at the Corcoran Museum in Washington DC, 2003, the Member’s Juried Exhibition at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Willimington, Delaware, 2003, New at the Rockville Arts Place in Rockville, Maryland 2003, Art Basel in Miami Florida, 2002, Multiplicity, Gallery Four in Baltimore and Academy 2001 and 2002 Conner Contemporary Art Gallery in Washington DC.
She currently lives and works in Nokesville, Virginia, with her husband and three young children and teaches Sumi Ink Painting and The Coloration of Asian Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Drawing 1 and 2 at George Mason University.