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Food inspires meditations on life and death


‘Reminiscence-after-death-02’ by Yoon Jin-young Provided by Gallery On

Yoon Jin-young takes the mediocre and transforms it into the extraordinary.

Her exhibition, entitled “Reminiscence After Death,” at Gallery On in Samcheong-dong, central Seoul is a collection of things we see on our kitchen tables every day, reimagined by Yoon.

Yoon deals especially with food. Anything edible - a gooey squid, dried up anchovies, pig’s feet and uncooked chicken - can become her canvas and she paints these unconventional materials with bright, bold colors that emphasize the strange feel of each object. In the end, the colors resemble sauces or seasonings.

The ironic and whimsical side of the exhibit is summed up in the title. Yoon plays with the fact that food is a necessity in life for nourishment and pleasure, yet seems to say that the very abundance of food is undermining our lives by harming us.

The more eccentric and off-putting colors in her palette ask us to consider our relationship with food and its connection to life and death.

Through her work, Yoon allows us to think about our own experiences with food, bringing meaning to our daily routines.

*The exhibit ends next Thursday. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 3 and walk for 10 minutes on Samcheong-dong street. For more information, call (02) 733-8295 or visit

By Hannah Kim []
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