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Anna Yoo Chesterfield, Virginia

Artist Anna Yoo creates nuanced and mindful mixed-media paintings through experimenting with abstraction and expressionism. “My work explores linear gestures to emulate the connection of the invisible link of undefined space and what can be defined by representing the human body as simple forms,” says Anna. Born in South Korea, Anna inevitably encountered cultural and language barriers when she moved to Richmond, Virginia. She graduated with a BFA in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University and became a fellow at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts years after. She draws from her reflections through her practice of creating daily sketches. Based on the concept of each piece, Anna uses a variety of materials layering acrylic paint, oil paint, cold wax, and traditional Korean paper called Hanji. She often uses blue as a neutral color to create contrast and focuses on inspirations from her East Asian background. Anna’s home studio utilizes two rooms for painting, varnishing, and working on 3D installations. In her free time, she travels the world and reads poetry to gain more inspiration.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Anna Yoo creates nuanced and mindful mixed-media paintings through experimenting with abstraction and expressionism. “My work explores linear gestures to emulate the connection of the invisible link of undefined space and what can be defined by representing the human body as simple forms,” says Anna. Born in South Korea, Anna inevitably encountered cultural and language barriers when she moved to Richmond, Virginia. She graduated with a BFA in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University and became a fellow at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts years after. She draws from her reflections through her practice of creating daily sketches. Based on the concept of each piece, Anna uses a variety of materials layering acrylic paint, oil paint, cold wax, and traditional Korean paper called Hanji. She often uses blue as a neutral color to create contrast and focuses on inspirations from her East Asian background. Anna’s home studio utilizes two rooms for painting, varnishing, and working on 3D installations. In her free time, she travels the world and reads poetry to gain more inspiration.

    Artist Statement

    Space can be defined in a flexible manner by our existence of self or by the relations built between coexistence. My work addresses space as undefined, but can be defined by the
    person or people that make up the space. The space becomes structured by what people learn, perceive and communicate through experience and may even go beyond what the boundaries or limitations of space tries to capture. Therefore, space becomes an invisible link built between the connection of people that breaks the physical plane.

    My work explores line work to emulate the connection of the invisible link by representing the human body as a simple form in lines. The lines not only permeate space, but its variation becomes both a representation of identity and language of the body in reflection of showing what relation the bodies have to either self or to each other when there are others in a shared space.

    In addition, I also explore color and how I not only use it to express an emotion that can be seen, but to give a glimpse into the inner strength one might seek. Color further informs
    the viewer of the space by analyzing the emotion that arises from different relationships. Just as the space is not always defined by a singular color, relationships are just as complex and instead is a collection. The collection of colors divide the work into sections and provide more depth through the high contrast from colors of opposite nature. As a result, a new energy is discovered that engages the viewer to find strength among the weakness that may be seen on the surface at first glance.

    Lastly, I attempt to work beyond the canvas surface through layering and various textures to create a three dimensional form that can exist as a statement of a constant flow of
    movement, emotion and being. By going beyond the surface, I’m able to explore how space is created and embodies our existence. I question my audience about what exactly exists within space and how we define it, both negative and positive.

    Artist Background

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2022

    Suwon University

    Bachelor of Arts

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