Yeji Moon of Jeonju, South Korea crafts bustling villages into the fields of her canvas. Made with newspaper, in an age where printed media is on the verge of decline, her works both sculptural and painterly, speak to a deep nostalgia. She lingers with the past in a present that is constantly accelerating through on-going technological innovation, tethering us back to the printed word as a medium for constructing neighborhood-like networks. These villages are built skillfully, illustrating a cluster like no-place, which leaves a space for ambiguity and interpretation. The patterns of the buildings resemble architectures constructed across all corners of the world, allowing the viewer to imagine where they might exist. Yet her work is rooted in the experience of traveling with Habitat for Humanity, building houses in Vaug Tau, Vietnam and Bawana, India. Recognizing intangibility that permeates the temporal quality of reality, the artist leaves us with haunting visions of once inhabited structures and a sense of their impending disappearance.
I am interested in items that are alienated and disappearing. I usually utilize newspapers to construct old neighborhoods. Nowadays old neighborhoods are disappearing because of redevelopment and industrialization and it creates a sense of sadness for me. I grew up in an old and small neighborhood. When it was redeveloped, I felt lost and like I had lost part of my childhood. I made 'The City Island' which is my imaginary city that can keep my memories permanently. I hope to remind others that memories are precious through my piece and their value.
- Yeji Moon
New York, New York