Joo Yeon Woo
As a culturally displaced artist, I have been drawn to the theme of cultural displacement and identity, and to social psychological and cross-cultural studies that are heavily influenced by immigrant experiences and by the interaction between people and space. My creative works explore the blurred boundaries of today’s nomadic life style. Today’s nomadism is not that of unrestricted wandering; it is based on a global nomadic culture. Our nomadic lifestyle redefines the meaning of ‘home’ as something that one may carry only in one’s mind or in one’s own character. In addition, our experiences are now multi-cultural, transcending geographic locations and the ethnic characteristics of our living environments. My most recent projects have adopted a documentary approach and artistic archives to present my experiences of dislocation and rootlessness in our contemporary nomadic culture.
Joo Yeon Woo was born in Daegu, South Korea and came to the United States in 2003. She received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the Pennsylvania State University and an earlier MFA from Hongik University, Seoul in South Korea. Her artworks mostly consist of drawing, painting, video, and photography, and more specifically in the fusing of these media, such as acrylic painting on a digital pigment print, video from a still image, photography from a paper cut object. She has had solo shows nationally and internationally including 1925 gallery at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Television 12 gallery, Seoul, Korea, and Art Museum of Kyoungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. Joo Yeon Woo is an Assistant Professor in the Drawing and Painting at University of South Florida.
Joo has been in the Artnaut since 2008.