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Born 1971, Gwangju; works in Seoul & Busan
Yang Jazoo is a Korean mixed media artist whose work often distorts public spaces to profound ends. With a mixture of concept-focused art and an intriguing visual palette, Yang’s work questions the relationship between ourselves and the spaces we inhabit. Her more recent practice has focussed on the transformation of housing in South Korea and the gentrification that is pushing local residents from their homes
Covers from buildings’ outer walls, wallpapers from abandoned houses, interior materials, pieces of a mosquito net from someone’s house, tiles, traditional Korean roof tile Giwa which is difficult to find today, and fragments of a ridgepole from old mossy buildings. During the process of bringing diverse collected traces from streets to canvases, as distanced objects become the start point of painting, in other words, the main agent, the artist Yang Jazoo steps aside. The more the artist’s responses towards the main agent of her practice, the objects, are emphasized, the more this methodology of the artist about a sense of distance embraces objects from a city, street and wall into painting. And then, when objects are collected from streets, the artist reversely takes a more active part in looking at a city.