b. 1963, Korean
Yeesookyung, who majored in Western Painting at Seoul National University, is a contemporary artist who shows a unique artistic spectrum through a variety of mediums, ranging from installation to drawing, video, and performance.
Her representative work, <Translated Vase> series, is based on the motif of broken ceramic fragments. Reborn as a new type of ceramic by attaching pieces of ceramic picked up from a potter's kiln with 24-carat gold leaf, the work implies the recombination of tradition and modernity, re-illumination of abandoned things, and healing of wounds. The broken porcelain fragments lost their original meaning, but were reinterpreted in a modern way by the artist's hands and gained a new artistic life.
Yeesookyung, who received national and international attention with this series at the 2006 Gwangju Biennale, has since toured museums and art fairs around the world to enthrall overseas collectors as follows: UK Liverpool Biennial (2008), MIMOCA (2009), SFMOMA (2011), MMCA in Seoul (2012), Art Basel Hong Kong (2014), Venice Biennale (2017), MADRE and Museo di Capodimonte (2019) in Naples. Most recently, at Maison Valentino's brand reinterpretation project exhibition in Beijing, China, three pieces of Yeesookyung's <Translated Vase> were presented along with an evening dress by Valentino Haute Couture SS21 Code Temporal. Yee is actively participating in the contemporary movement that captures new perspectives.
Yeesookyung's works are in the collections of renowned art museums in Korea and overseas, such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Gwacheon, Museum of Fine Arts Boston in the US, British Museum in the UK, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Italy, and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.