They say the darkest nights produce the brightest stars.
나태주 [꽃: Flower]
예쁘다는 말을 The saying that you are pretty 가볍게 삼켰다 He lightly swallowed the words 안쓰럽다는 말을 The words of pity 꿀꺽 삼켰다 He swallowed with a gulp 사랑한다는 말을 The saying I love you 어렵게 삼켰다 He swallowed it hard 섭섭하다, 안타깝다, The disappointment, the regrets, 답답하다는 말을 또 여러 번 The frustration. Many times, 목구멍으로 넘겼다 He swallowed down his throat 그리고서 그는 스스로 Then he himself 꽃이 되기로 작정했다 decided to become a flower
민병도 [한때 꽃]
네가 시드는 건 네 잘못이 아니다 It's not your fault That you wither 아파하지 말아라 시드니까 꽃이다 Don't be hurt You are a flower because you wither 누군들 살아 한때 꽃, 아닌 적 있었던가 Who has not been a flower Once in a lifetime
나호열 [당신에게 말 걸기: Talking to You]
이 세상에 못난 꽃은 없다 There is no ugly flower in this world 화난 꽃도 없다 There is no angry flower 향기는 향기대로 Scent by scent 모양새는 모양새대로 Shape by shape 다 이쁜 꽃 All flowers are beautiful 허리 굽히고 Bending down 무릎도 꿇고 Kneeling down 흙속에 마음을 묻은 With hearts buried in the dirt 다, 이쁜 꽃 All are pretty flowers 그걸 모르는 것 같아서 It seems like you do not know this 네게로 다가간다 And so I go towards you 당신은, 참 예쁜 꽃 You are a beautiful flower
Blooming: You Are a Flower is a series of portraits based on Korean poems about flowers. The illustrations reflect the beauty that blooms from women who may not know that they are beautiful.
My 효제문자도 (孝悌文字圖) is a personal project that I created to reflect body positivity and self-love. The series of eight illustrations combines self-portraits in nude with the 효제문자도 (孝悌文字圖), which is a type of Korean folk painting that depicts the eight necessary virtues of life. I decided to combine the traditional paintings with my self-portraits because I believe that self-love is also an important and necessary quality in life that feels especially difficult to practice in Korea. After coming back home upon graduating college in the United States, I felt that Korea no longer felt the same for me; I began noticing the differences in Korean and American standards of beauty and physical appearances. I wanted to remind myself to love myself for who I am today and enjoy the present. I hope the series can inspire others to also become familiar with their bodies and learn to love themselves both inside and out.
PAY: Paper bags, while known to be eco-friendly because of its recyclable quality, are not the solution for saving the environment. The production of paper bags cause the cutting down of 14 million trees a year. Thus, requiring customers to pay a cost for paper bags when shopping, will reduce the production of paper bags.
BAN: Plastic bags are in the top 10 types of trash collected the most in beaches. They not only harm marine animals but also release toxic chemicals in soil. These non-renewable and non-biodegradable plastic junks should be banned from all stores.
VOTE: The solution is to vote for the prohibition of plastic bags and payment for paper bags while encouraging the use of recyclable canvas bags. All consumers should remember to carry around canvas bags when shopping to save the environment and also make sure their bags are strong enough to hold all items without ripping or breaking.
Imagine A Day Without Water
How many times do you wash your hands in a day? Just one day without water would leave us feeling stressed and unsanitary. The posters highlight how precious even a drop of water is. The gesture of putting one’s hands together mimic the washing of one’s hands, the action of asking for something, and also a droplet of water.
The series of posters for Ann Arbor Farmers Market brings into question what ingredients we cook with, who we are sharing our food with and what community we support. These are questions the customers do not have to worry about while shopping at Ann Arbor Farmers Market, because the friendly community consists of local vendors who provide high-quality ingredients.
This is my first GIF experiment. The illustration is of my sister and her shiba inu (@zentheshiba).
Bee Game is a computer game created using Processing, a computer programming language for electronic arts and data visualization. The bee acts like a cursor, responding to the movement of the mouse. The challenge is to move the bee away from the birds while collecting the flowers. The bee has three lives, and you lose the game when the bee hits three birds. You win the game when the bee has successfully collected ten flowers.
Singing Face is an interactive animation created with Processing, a computer programming language for electronic arts and data visualization. The face I have created was inspired by my childhood favorite character, Anpanman. The face reacts to sounds by moving its mouth and making a cringing or screaming face when the volume increases.
The BIC lighter sleeve designs are created for BIC Korea. There are two sets of designs with eight sleeves under each theme. The company's larger motif is "Korea" and the two themes personally chosen under the motif are "Animals in Traditional Korean Tales" and "Traditional Korean Patterns".
This is the initial design or template for my portfolio website. The sketch was created using Photoshop then translated into HTML and Java. The website went through few changes since then, but here is a link to the site: http://www.susannayun.website
TEDxUofM is a University of Michigan based organization, modeled after TED conferences. The community independently organizes local events to provide stimulating presentations and discussions and showcase new ideas and art.
The poster design was created for promotion of TEDxUofM and displayed and sold at TEDxUofM conferences.
Puzzled was inspired by the works by Iris Van Herpen, a fashion designer who creates garments made of 3D printed parts.
The design of the necklace was created using Rhinoceros, a 3D design application software, and then printed using ProJet 3D printer. The wooden stand was routed using CNC router and then completed by hand. The acrylic case was also designed on Rhinoceros and then cut using a laser cutter.
Reconstruction/Reconciliation explores my Korean American bicultural identity. The body of work mimics traditional Korean architecture, hanok, and wooden furniture, mok-kagu, but is not actually functional nor does it adhere to the rules of traditional Korean design. Instead, the installation offers a strange juxtaposition of Western and Korean styles to create a fantasy space of soft sculpture that reflects the confusion and flexibility resulting from mixing of cultures.
The Denim Palace (청 궁): Blue tiles were historically considered highly decorative and were rarely used even by the royals in Korea. The President's House in South Korea is called the Blue House (청와대) or the "blue tiled house" when directly translated. Yet, the use of denim as the medium for the tiles in the installation references the "blue-collar worker," a term that is used in the U.S. to describe the working class and manual laborers. This combination of contradicting references reflects the confusion and diversity that come from biculturalism.
Traditional Korean household often had small wardrobes, 애기장, in which the clothing and diapers of babies were kept. These wardrobes consisted of drawers and little hinged doors.
The piece is part of my series of works, Reconstruction/Reconciliation. Composed of generic fabrics found in American retail store but mimicking the forms of traditional Korean objects, the series brings together two cultures that the artist identify with. The strange but fun juxtaposition reflects the reconstructing and reconciling of bicultural identity.