2010 Top 100 artist Mi Ju (previously featured April 2010) is young and incredibly talented. Her large works of intricate, colorful art is deep and full of themes and symbols that suck you in. Take it from me, viewing her work in person is a treat, because you just get transported into a whole new world. Her style is incredibly original and personal, and while we don’t know where it all comes from, we do know one thing, they did not come from drugs.
Yes folks, these amazing works are the results of one who is naturally high off of life, and that boggles my mind. Her new show is opening today so if you are in NY you need to check it out! Seriously these compressed images don’t even do a 1/100th justice of witnessing them in person. But only go if you are prepared to have your mind blown to smithereens.
MI JU GAIA and Ezra Johnson The Time of Tall Statues
SEPT 27 – NOV 3, 2012
530 W. 24th St.
New York, NY 10011
Gaia Hypothesis proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex-system, maintain the conditions for life on the planet. -James Lovelock
“Gaia means “land” or “earth”. In ancient Greek mythology, Gaia is the primordial Earth-goddess. My understanding of Gaia derived from mythology and ecological studies allows me to interpret nature as both divinity and home.”
Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. -Blaise Pascal
“I perceive nature as flat, crowded, and infinite. Often times, the world is too large to comprehend, too crowded to find a focus. Countless living organisms are packed layer by layer, interconnected with each other. My compositions develop from the contemplation of opposing concepts: ephemeral and eternal, uncensored and restrained, improvised and strategic. The work often combines both cuteness and violence. By understanding natural elements from micro to macro, fractals to flocks, and ants to people, I reflect mixed perceptions of nature through my work. Nature could be seen as controllable, appealing, and delightful, yet from a different perspective, natural elements can become overwhelming and destructive.”
East to West
“I was born in South Korea. My father ran a textile factory and my mother was a Buddhist temple florist. Massive rolls of fabric were always around me during my childhood, their colorful patterns and diverse textures affecting my visual expression. The intricate natural ornaments and bizarre creatures filling Buddhist temples inspired my imagination.
Studying in Australia, San Francisco, and New York has given me insight into the various perspectives people have about nature. Native American totem poles, Aboriginal topographical art, and the complexity of psychedelic art all influence my artistic process. I look to scientific theories on the origin of life, emergence patterns, and swarm behavior to introduce more intricacy and narrative into my work.”
Honestly, all she had to write on her statement was: LOOKATTHISWORKIT’SAWESOMEISN’TIT????