Sun Young Min
Sun Young Ming is a Korean artist who lives and creates in France for almost 10 years.
The large scale of her work allows her flowers a dynamic corporality that demands a physical encounter with her viewer.
Lately, Sun Young Min sees her irises becoming less Eastern and more European. Her once "timid and mysterious" canvases, "rich in blues and purples" are becoming "confident, sexual... Parisian, even!" The most exciting part of her work is the visible struggle between extremes. On her canvases East meets West with the same overwhelming intensity that the inevitability of death faces the vibrancy of life. – Lillian Davies (Lillian Davies is an art historian and critic specialising in modern and contemporary art. She is a professor of Fine Arts at Paris College of Art and a regular contributor to Artforum magazine, among other international
The irises that populated Sun Young Min's JardinCoréen embodies the artist's unique position between Europe and Asia. The flower many see as the inspiration or France's heraldic symbol of the fleur-de-lis, for Sun Young Min, also reveals her Oriental side, an icon of Korea, where a rainbow of varieties blossom in late Spring and early Summer. But Sun Young Min's irises are not only scepters of place and identity; in her work they have become autonomous creatures, charged with an evolving range of emotions and energies.