So Yoon Lym



Adrift in Suburbia, oil on canvas

Born in Korea, So Yoon Lym has spent most of her life in the United States where she studied art and was taught painting in the western tradition. The drawings and paintings in this exhibition originated in her attempt to reconnect with the painting traditions of her heritage. The artist substitutes acrylic on paper for ground ink on rice paper. Unlike painting with oils on canvas, sumi-e brush paintings and acrylic on paper paintings involve a bonding of medium and paper. Though her images are western; cars, suburban houses and road signs, there are similarities with the images of the natural world found in sumi-e brush painting. About her work, So Yoon Lym states, "Like traditional sumi-e painting I am interested foremost in nature…but in a contemporary setting where cars and houses populate a natural landscape. These cars and houses are but a veil to communicating a different kind of nature…human nature in an existential sense…"

So Yoon Lym teaches art at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson. The artist recently received the Geraldine R. Dodge Artist/Educator Grant and also was awarded a Fulbright Teacher Travel Grant to Japan.

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