Healing life's wounds
Roman philosopher and stateman Cicero (106-43 B.C.) said ¡°The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter¡± and this quotation actually got me while staring at Kwon Kyung-yup 's paintings and portraits.
Kwon Kyung-yup is a gifted young lady painter, fine arts graduated from Sejong University of Seoul, South Korea, whose works show young girl faces with snow-white complexion, immature sexual identity, shy and having a strong wish of self protection as if not wanting to reveal their true heart and emotions.
Most of her impressively realistic portraits show bandages covering the head or parts of the melancholic and almost asexual girls faces making the onlooker feel a bit unsettling yet moved to compassion while expressing the shock they've been struggling with.
She depicts their own sense of trauma by shedding tears, vacant glances, bloodshot eyes with gauze and swabs dressing but in her works anyway bandages have a different meaning, they suggest to be consoling, to take care and protect them hiding not only the body's wounds yet the injuries stored as a memory of the body, the ontological and spiritual ones.
Quite the opposite of monumental, strongly pigmented flesh and blood paintings by Jenny Saville's who is more focused on the process of body marking and corrosion in a surgical matter.
¡°...silence is a virtue, use it for your own protection