Past Life Regression Painting - Just Started
Acrylic on canvas
181,8 x 227,3 x 3,5 cm (71 5/8 x 89 1/2 x 1 3/8 in)
Signed, dated and titled
Yeesookyung is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Seoul, Korea. Yeesookyung combines histories—art historical, spiritual, and cultural—into unique objects, imagery, and performances that reflect both her personal heritage and a global borderless moment. Internationally known for her acclaimed Translated Vase series, Yeesookyung collects discarded porcelain shards from Korean ceramists who make reproductions of porcelain masterworks.
Past Life Regression Paintings are an ongoing project by Yeesookyung, a monthly painting series inspired by hypnosis sessions that the artist undertakes. She began seeing a hypnotherapist in 2014, in hopes of recovering memories of her past lives. During each monthly hypnosis session, the artist regressed deeper and deeper into her subconscious, gradually piecing together narratives from previous incarnations — a Buddhist monk, a courageous warrior, a daughter whose father was falsely charged with treason, a roe deer and even bubbling water.
A sea of pink stretches from edge to edge of Just Started (2014), its lack of any identifiable depth of field lending the picture an ambiguous spatiality that is at once alluring and disconcerting. This uncanny presence evokes early works from the artist’s Flame series (2005-2009), in which repeating fire motifs fill the entire picture plane and assert an abstract modality in the absence of a fixed focal point. Much like the rosebuds in Just Started, the indefinite expansion of these flames enfolds the viewer in a hypnotic idyll that blurs the boundary between image and observer.