Composed of familiar, often everyday materials, Mimi Jung’s environments, constructions and woven wall pieces are quietly assertive manifestations of the interplay between public and private ways of being.
Approaching the modern discourse of the self and its discontents through the artistic practice of weaving, Mimi Jung explores the condition of personal solitude as a fragile state. At a time when the presentation and manipulation of one’s public self has become a social obsession on a historic scale, the artist concentrates on questions of identity beyond the façade of acceptable public behavior. How do we locate our private self? How can we sustain a metaphorical space for contemplation in the context of ever more permeable boundaries between public and private life? What would such a place feel like?
By posing these questions through the intimate, deeply human act of weaving, Jung finds a universal language through which to express her optimism. “I see my process of weaving walls similar to laying brick,” says the artist. “You build it from the ground up, but with one single horizontal strand at a time.” Her constructed walls may have the permanence of masonry or the translucency of a screen door, but they are never static; the viewer actively controls the experience of transit around and through them—and the choice of what to make of it. In the end, Jung’s limning of personal space is reflexive, visible to those who are predisposed to see.
Born in 1981 in Seoul, Korea, Mimi Jung studied at Cooper Union and HGK Basel. She has mounted exhibitions at Chamber in New York City, Nina Johnson Gallery in Miami and Les Gens Heureux in Copenhagen, and in 2015 her work was featured at the Collective Design fair in New York City. She lives and works in Los Angeles.