Known and strange things pass, catch the heart off guard, and blow it open

Ja Min Yie


South Korean artist YIE Ja Min takes a phenomenological approach to observational painting: she captures what is perceived as it arises in the immediate present. The aim is to discard habituated conceptualizations that obscure the natural appearance of things, and so render an expression of “original mind.” YIE’s work describes reality as luminous and whole; the light of its surface comprises its structural integrity, and intimates the unstained purity of things as they are.


YIE received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, and her MFA in Painting from the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in 2017. She has participated in the MASS MOCA Residency Program (2019), Arteles Creative Center SAE Residency (2018), and the Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowship (2017). Her works have been exhibited in the US, France, and Canada.