JASON S. YI
My father was an artist who was adept at both painting traditional Asian landscapes with ink on paper and archetypal Western landscapes with oil on canvas. As a child, I was always intrigued with the fluidity in which my father navigated these vastly different approaches in painting. This early childhood fascination with depictions of landscape attuned my sensibilities toward natural environments and its ability to influence and reflect perceptions of culture, history and place.
A sense of location within one’s physical space and culture plays a crucial role in the creation of my work. While ideas emerge from images associated with the natural landscape, I am drawn to the incorporation of debris; overlooked or often discarded human-made materials with finite functional life spans. The configuration of constructed forms and images is an amalgamation of natural and built environments and challenges the viewer with conflicting contexts of place, setting and their own sense of orientation in the space.
The subversion in visual familiarity of natural landscapes instigates an observer’s sense of disbelief, enough to momentarily disassociate reality and perception. Therefore landscapes become a primary tool to explore and question the phenomenological experiences of environments.
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