Paris-based artist Jung-Yeon Min paints fantastic, dreamlike landscapes that are both beautiful and intriguingly grotesque. Playing with form, space, perspective, and scale, the Korean-born artist uses acrylic on canvas to create surreal scenes filled with warped expanses of land, towering organic life, and fleshy appendages that sprawl and twine like vines or tentacles. Min’s paintings, which blend Western and Eastern aesthetics, invite the viewer to explore a world as alluring as it is frightening.
“I consider that we live nowadays in a constant exchange between the real and the virtual,” says the artist. “For me it is a kind of modern Surrealism, so if my works look like ‘traditional’ Surrealism, the idea behind it is somehow different.” Indeed, Min’s bizarre worlds bring to mind the desolate, distorted landscapes present in works like Salvador Dal’s The Persistence of Memory and Metamorphosis of Narcissus.
As for the tiny figures that often appear, Alice in Wonderland-like, in her paintings, Min shares, “The person in my paintings is often me. I use myself first for reasons of convenience, because I’m the only one who knows exactly the kind of posture to use in my art. But it’s also me because my paintings tell about my life.”