Yae Jee Min
1.20 – 3.5.23
Gifted Wings is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Nereida Patricia (NYC) and Yae Jee Min (LA) that explores spiritual resilience as a process and product. Through motifs of flight as abstractions and mythological fragments, both artists celebrate the process of transformation as a practice for revealing hope through adversity.
Min utilizes movement as a central tool to create her canvas works, freezing gestures of transformation. Layers of shimmering polyester fabrics, dyes, and threads are compiled to manifest entangled emotions as a visual landscape. While mining her personal memories for recognizable shapes (butterflies, a pair of wings) to weave into her dreamy canvases, she confronts discovery and rediscovery as an imperative, chaotic process. By creating a dense canvas of glittering color, her work is both an opaque reflecting pool and a portal: she creates an opportunity to linger, tenderly inviting viewers into the realm of unknowing as a necessary space to move and heal through.
Across Patricia’s collection of beaded relief, mixed media paintings, and sculpture and video installations, she uses the poetics of allegory and myth as an examination of race, gender, and sexual politics, as well as a practice for envisioning alternative futures. She captures snapshots of earthly scenes collaged alongside the fantastic while emblazing black hole and portal motifs between the two. Characters move between worlds as a symbolic contortion through subjugation in a post-colonial world. Clusters of angel and spirits offer themselves as guides and protectors to their sisters and those in need. Patricia deftly converges multiple perspectives into one frame to abstract reality. By collapsing time and space (angels floating in kitchens, heels walking into the sky) she re-envisions a liberated world, not just as mythology, but as a future to be built.
As if receiving and then gifting wings, Min and Patricia offer their depictions of an inner evolution as an invitation for the viewer to engage in their own journey. Through these motifs of flight as abstractions and mythological fragments, both artists celebrate the process of transformation as a necessary practice for revealing hope through adversity.
Documentation: Dabin Ahn