Jayoung Yoon

1.Crown-of-thoughts 2.Watching-the-Mind 3.The-Skull 4.Sensing-Thought-05 5.Form-and-Emptiness-08

Work1 Title: Crown of Thoughts Year: 2014 Materials: Print: Archival Pigment Print on Acid Free Cotton Paper (Sculpture: Human hair, 4x11x11inches) Dimensions: H 20 W 30 D 0

Work2 Title: Watching the Mind Year: 2009 Materials: Two-Channel Video, Still image,  1min 13secs Dimensions: H 0 W 0 D 0

Work3 Title: The Skull Year: 2016 Materials: Human hair, glue Dimensions: H 8 W 6 D 8

Work4 Title: Sensing thoughts 05 Year: 2016 Materials: Human hair, glue, thorn fragement Dimensions: H 16 W 6 D 6

Work5 Title: Form and Emptiness 08 Year: 2015 Materials: Human hair, glue Dimensions: H 8 W 8 D 8


My art draws upon diverse spiritual practices that emphasize clearing the mind and directing attention into a heightened awareness of the present, and often the body. To convey those concepts, the artworks are a synthesis of hair sculpture, video, performance, and painting.

Human hair, at once tactile and ephemeral, has become my visual nexus for the intersection between the physical and spiritual realms. As a material, hair is intimately corporeal and focuses the viewer’s attention on the body. As it grows, hair represents the accumulation of time. Since its physical properties make it last long after death, it is an especially appropriate symbol of remembrance.

I use the hair sheared from my head, then transform the hair into wearable sculptures for my body. It comes back to my body with new symbolism, which represents invisible thoughts. In the videos, I let go of the sculptures, representing the departure of my thoughts from my body as a cleansing gesture through the meditative process. The videos become ritualistic meditation ceremonies. My head is shaved –as monks do–representing a detachment from materialist identity. I meditate with my back to the camera, embodying a detachment from gender, culture, and thought. The immersive quality of videos in conjunction with my androgynous appearance invites viewers to inhabit my body, and experience the process of clearing the mind.

Also I make stand-alone (non-wearable) sculptures, which I sometimes use in video and performance, or collectively they become an immersive installation. I tie hair lengths together piece by piece. Weaving and knotting the hair by hand instead of using machinery creates unique, organic shapes both in the details and in the larger form. The weightless hair sculptures move from the airflow created by a viewer’s movements and from the environment. Those small movements in space, on an intricate scale, shift the awareness toward subtle perceptions that are often taken for granted.


Ephemerality, Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, NY, 2016
Mind out of Time, Here Arts Center, New York, NY, 2013
Sensory Thought, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE, 2011
Cleansing the Memories, KEPCO Plaza gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2011
Watching the Mind, 4Art gallery, Kyunggi-do, Korea, 2009
Watching the Mind, Museum of New Art, Pontiac, MI, 2009
Ephemeral, ABBA Fine Art, Miami, FL, 2009
Line of Thought, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, 2008

Threaded, Flatiron Project Space, New York, NY, 2016
Intricate Realities, The Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY, 2016
SOMA Drawing : Mindful Mindless, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2015
Peekskill Project 6, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, 2015
Repsychling, Teachers College Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2015
BODY and SOUL, Kreft Center for the Arts, Concordia University Ann Arbor, MI, 2015
11th Busan International Video Festival, Busan, Korea, 2014
BBBBBREEZE, Ethan Cohen gallery, New York, NY, 2014
Fluid – Essential For Life, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, 2014

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2016
I-Park Foundation Artist-in-Residence, East Haddam, CT, 2014
NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland, 2012
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, Governors Island, NY, 2011
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, 2011
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, 2009
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO, 2009

Selected GRANTS and AWARDS
Artist in the Marketplace program, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, 2016
BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
Franklin Furnace Archive Inc. Fund Grant, Brooklyn, NY, 2010

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, MFA, Fiber, 2009
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Post-baccalaureate, Fine Art, 2007

Place: Beacon NY

Contact: jayoungart@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.jayoungart.com